The majority of prisoners in new York — repeat offenders

Most of those arrested in new York over the past year (70%) were repeat offenders brought to court more than once. 43 345 people who crossed the threshold of the prison, new York in 2017, is already in jail at least once in the period since 2008. On may 29 told the Independent Budget Office.

About 10 thousand convicts had been in prison for more than five times over the last 10 years. More than 2,800 people have crossed the threshold of the correctional institution for the third time in the past year.

9% of prisoners in new York last year (almost 3,800 people) went to jail more than 10 times, about 800 people — more than 20 times. These results indicate a high level of recidivism among prisoners, which requires the adoption of special measures by the authorities of the city.

In December of 2017 for the first time in 35 years the number of prisoners decreased by 9 thousand people.

For several years in new York will undergo a phased closure of the prison on Rikers island. This mayor bill de Blasio announced in March 2017. This summer from-for decay of the complex, which is no longer suitable for use, closes the first of the nine colonies, and the number of prisoners in prison, reduced to 5 thousand.

Despite the fact that the issue o the closing of the Rikers Island had been discussed for a long time and was positively received by the public, future changes there are opponents. Robert Gangi, the candidate in mayors and the head of the project for police reform, said the city is better to allocate money for «more pressing needs», for example, to education.