Decriminalizing low-level offenses

In 2016, police attested nearly 10,000 people in Manhattan for jumping the turnstile or failing to pay their subway fare, officially called theft of service. In fact, it was the most common charge in Manhattan Criminal Court. But beginning in September, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.'s office will no longer prosecute those who evade their fares unless the individual poses a demonstrated threat to public safety.

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