Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in New York

The first report from the Data Collaborative for Justice (originally called, the Misdemeanor Justice Project), examines misdemeanor arrest rates in New York State from 1980 to 2013. The report includes analyses broken down by the following geographic areas: New York City, Upstate Cities in New York State (i.e., Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers), and the rest of New York State. DCJ analyzed arrest rates by demographics, arrest charge, disposition, and sentence. This is followed by a closer look at New York City by charting trends by gender within race/ethnicity and age with gender and race/ethnicity. Lastly, this report examines the proportion of Desk Appearance Tickets (DATs) issued relative to the number of misdemeanor arrests in the City.