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Why The Drop In Arrests?

The drop in arrests by police in several areas of the U.S. comes as a surprise to some.   What, in your opinion, could explain this?   Here’s part of the article:

By Jacob Gershman, Wall Street Journal Oct. 6, 2019

Major police departments around the country are arresting fewer people for minor crimes, according to a growing body of criminal justice data.

New statistical studies show a deep, yearslong decline in misdemeanor cases across New York and California and in cities throughout other regions, with arrests of young black men falling dramatically.

New York City’s misdemeanor arrest totals have fallen by half since peaking in 2010, with rates of African-American arrests sinking to their lowest point since 1990. The arrest rate for black men in St. Louis fell by 80% from 2005 to 2017, a period that saw steep declines in simple assault and drug-related offenses. In Durham, N.C., arrest rates for African-Americans fell by nearly 50% between 2006 and 2016.

While racial disparities in enforcement persist, researchers say they are surprised by the downward misdemeanor trend, which pushes against ingrained assumptions about overpolicing in urban areas.


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