However, the mayor’s plan was immediately met with controversy, landing at a time when libertarians have perhaps never been divided on their philosophy of crime reduction. Criminal-judicial reform advocates immediately criticized the plan for what they saw as a setback to some of the most harmful law enforcement practices. In a joint statement, the city’s leading public defender groups said they were not in favor of “focusing on discrediting punishment- and surveillance-based strategies.”
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Under special scrutiny is the police department’s plan to revive and rebrand its plainclothes crime unit, which was closed in 2020 but plays a key role in related gun searches. to black and Latino youth at the height of stop and run. era. The mayor’s plan vows that the unit will operate differently and more responsibly than it does now – though it did not say how it would do so. Nor does it admit that at its peak of stops and launches, in 2011, the city still recorded 1,511 shootings, up from two years earlier.
As Alex Vitale, a sociologist at Brooklyn College who studies policy, puts it, the plan is “almost completely lacking in substantiation.”
Bail reform, which removed the cash bail option for low-level nonviolent crimes and went into effect two years ago, is another goal of the mayor’s plan, although it doesn’t have one. Research concludes linking it to the recent increase in violent crime and although violent crime has increased in cities where bail reform has not been enacted. Given that the mayor has no real ability to reverse course – reform is a matter of state law, and Council Chairman Carl E. Heastie was quick to call the attack a scapegoat – Mr. Adams’ rhetoric is only intended to alienate those who are more progressive when, instead, they might get carried away.
Where reformists and serious law and order adherents easily find common ground is the need to reduce the flow of guns into the states and cities, something the new mayor has pledged to do. Here, the plan partly calls for a partnership with state police to implement spot checks at bus and train stations, which could be a huge hit although it’s hard to imagine how many gunmen are moving their arsenal via Megabus from Philadelphia.
Absent from the blueprint is any discussion of how to deal with domestic violence, which is particularly curious since it is so devastating in itself and often a precursor to other crimes. Had there been some kind of process to resolve an argument between a mother and her son in Harlem last week, the outcome might have been different, and the two officers killed may never have been. encountered gunfire.
Liz Glazer, a former federal prosecutor who ran Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office on criminal justice for several years, said she believes the way forward depends on a “robust infrastructure.” on prevention” includes significant improvements to public housing and conditions that exacerbate frustration and despair. “The big thing about Adams’ plan is that it does both,” she said. She was encouraged that the plan was potentially preventative but remained cautious about the department’s history of enthusiastic interventions. “The question is how will it run?”
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