Brooklyn DA: Borough will set personal record low with less than 100 murders in 2018
In a borough with more than 2.6 million residents, Brooklyn is about to set a new personal record with less than 100 murders in 2018.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez made the announcement on Thursday. He pointed out that this is not the only low crime-related number of 2018: the number of misdemeanor defendants held in Rikers on bail has declined over 43 percent compared to 2017, and marijuana possession offenses have been cut approximately 98 percent.
Gonzalez also touted the 10 percent decrease prosecutions of low-level possession of a controlled substance cases and said there were 150 people who had their cases dismissed without even appearing in court through the Brooklyn CLEAR diversion program.
“In Brooklyn, we are leading the way in implementing initiatives that strengthen trust in the criminal justice system while keeping communities safe,” Gonzalez said. “Working with the NYPD, we are continuing to see declines in most crimes, with another historic low in homicides. And we are showing our commitment to enhancing fairness and equity by reducing reliance on incarceration and offering more opportunities for diversion.”