Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in New York, 1980 to 2017
Date:  12-28-2018

New report focuses on the part of NYC's "peace dividend," that led to a 39.9 percent decrease in misdemeanor arrests, however, enforcement rates went up
From John Jay College of Criminal Justice:

Since the early 2010s, policymakers, academics, advocates and the public have increasingly focused on the role that enforcement of lower-level offenses plays in public safety, police-community relations, community health and well-being, and public con?dence in the justice system and government as a whole. In New York, this conversation emerged in the context of falling crime rates and changing enforcement policies. In New York City, in 2015, then New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton coined the term "the peace dividend" and reasoned that, in the context of declining crime rates and strained police-community relations, the NYPD would return a dividend to communities in the form of 1 million fewer enforcement actions, including signi?cant reductions in pedestrian stops, misdemeanor arrests, and issuance of criminal summonses. This report, Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in New York: 1980 to 2017, focuses on one element of the peace dividend – misdemeanor arrests. The report ?nds signi?cant declines in recent years, as would be expected in New York City, but also examines less publicized declines in misdemeanor enforcement in other parts of New York State. Since 2010, there has been a 38.9 percent decrease in misdemeanor arrests in New York City and 32.1 percent decrease in Upstate Cities (Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers). Nonetheless, the rates of enforcement in both New York City and the Upstate Cities were higher in 2017 than in 1980.

Read the full report here.