Shootings Up

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While most crime across New York City is trending in the right direction—down—some problem areas are getting worse. Shooting incidents in northern Brooklyn are up, for example, and the increase is entirely explainable. The Kings County prosecutor has adopted a soft-on-crime, turn ‘em loose approach to handling arrests, which has resulted in the release of dangerous criminals onto the streets of Brooklyn. The rise in shootings stems directly from a misguided understanding of crime and punishment, which must be corrected before the problem gets worse.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Crime: Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez argues that incarceration has a destabilizing effect on communities. Read more.

  2. Guns: Despite tough talk about guns, criminal-justice reformers—including those in New York City—are reluctant to put gun offenders behind bars. Read more.

  3. Free: In Brooklyn, 30 percent of guilty pleas for weapons charges result in no-jail “diversion” sentences. Read more.

“Our police officers are out there taking guns off the streets and we just have to make sure as we go through the criminal justice process, that there are consequences for those arrests.”

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill

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