SOME PEOPLE SAY NOT PROSECUTING NON VIOLENT MISDIMEANORS REDUCES CRIME
A New Study Reveals that Not Prosecuting People for Nonviolent Misdemeanors May Actually Reduce Crime
On April 11 Daunte Wright was pulled over by officers from the Brooklyn Center Police in Minnesota because he was driving with an expired vehicle registration. In Minnesota, having expired vehicle registration is a misdemeanor offense. When officers approached Mr. Wright’s car, they observed an object hanging from his rearview mirror. In Minnesota, driving a vehicle with an object suspended from the rearview mirror is a petty misdemeanor offense. After asking to see Mr. Wright’s driver’s license and running his name through a warrant check, the officers discovered that Mr. Wright had an open warrant for failure to appear (a misdemeanor offense itself) for yet two other misdemeanor offenses.
Last summer, George Floyd was restrained by officers with the Minneapolis Police Department following a report that he had used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. In Minnesota, use of counterfeit bills in exchange for property valued at under $1,000 is a misdemeanor offense.
The tragic deaths of Daunte Wright and George Floyd at the hands of the police have justifiably drawn considerable attention. Less attention has been given to whether the nonviolent misdemeanor offenses for which they initially came into contact with law enforcement should be chargeable in the first place.
Misdemeanor offenses comprise approximately 80% of all charged offenses in the United States. Yet the public safety benefits from prosecuting misdemeanor offenses are far from clear. Many assume that prosecuting and punishing people for minor offenses deters future crime. But do those crime-reducing benefits exist, and—if so—do they outweigh the costs?
DAWG SAYS: IF YOU DO NOT REPORT-ARREST-PROSECUTE MINOR OFFENSES THE CRIME RATE STATISTICS WILL GO DOWN, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE VICTIMIZED WILL NOT GO DOWN BUT THE LACK OF RESPONSE WILL CAUSE CRIME STATS TO FALL. THIS IS AN IDIOT’S IDEA WITH ONCE AGAIN NO THOUGHT PUT INTO THE VICTIMS OF CRIME.