Subway Turnstile Jumpers Will No Longer be Prosecuted by Manhattan DA

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will no longer be prosecuting subway turnstile jumpers in Manhattan.

The DA told CBS New York, “My belief is that failure to pay a $3 subway fare, while it is wrong, doesn’t necessarily justify arrest, prosecution, and the accumulation of a criminal record.”

The idea behind giving most cases a ‘DTP’ (decline to prosecute) is to hopefully reduce “unnecessary incarceration” for “low-level, non-violent offenses.” According to CBS, about 18,000 people were arrested last year for turnstile jumping with about 8,000 of those being in Manhattan.

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