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Turnstile Jumping Decriminalized by Manhattan DA in Bid to Reduce Arrests

(DNAINFO) Gwynn Hogan and Trevor Kapp | July 2, 2017 — The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will move to decriminalize turnstile jumping and other low-level, non-violent misdemeanors — including possession of small amounts of crack, cocaine, and oxycodone — sending offenders to summons court and other treatment programs in an effort to reduce criminal cases by about 20,000 a year, officials said Friday.

Starting this September, the majority of those arrested for turnstile jumping in Manhattan will be issued civil summonses or a desk appearance ticket that prosecutors will decline to prosecute if offenders complete counseling sessions or other diversion program before arraignment, according to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance’s office.

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