NY District Attorneys have made a huge decision that will reduce the workload of the overburdened court system. They are going to drop hundreds of thousands of old warrants for low-level offenses.
DAs from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens announced Wednesday that in the coming weeks, they will move to dismiss nearly 700,000 of these warrants, reported NY Daily News.
The warrants being dropped are at least 10 years old and are for “crimes” like riding a bike on the sidewalk, public urination, littering, and being in a city park after hours, said the news station. Many of the people likely do not even know they have open warrants for such small infractions.
The warrants chosen only apply to people who have not been arrested since. These warrants subject undocumented immigrants to deportation, and can also keep people from getting public housing and even jobs.
Bronx DA Darcel Clark admits these people are no danger to the public.
“Those who committed minor offenses a decade ago or longer and have not been in trouble with the law pose no threat to public safety today,” said Clark.
Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said most of these old summons were “issued to mostly poor, black and Latino individuals, many of whom may not even be aware that they have open warrants.”
Staten Island DA Michael McMahon declined to comments as to why he is not dropping warrants.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)