CUNY Newswire

NY Law Journal: Report Finds Gender Imbalance in Rikers Intake Reductions

March 13, 2017

Despite efforts to reduce the number of people entering New York City’s criminal justice system for low-level crimes, the number of women arrested for misdemeanors has not been reduced at the same rate as for men, according to a new report.

The study, by the New York Women’s Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Prisoner Reentry Institute, found that 42,886 women were arrested for misdemeanors in 2014—a 7.1 percent drop over the previous five years.

In contrast, the number of men arrested for misdemeanors fell by 10.3 percent to 182,403 over the same five-year period, according “Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City.”