You Will No Longer Be Arrested for Drinking on the Street in New York City

A Manhattan District Attorney has claimed that new powers afforded to New York police officers mean that people will no longer be arrested for drinking on the street in the city. Now that the NYPD have the power to give people court summonses, rather than arresting them on the spot for small offenses, offenders are far more likely to be hit with a fine than ending up in jail. “Being arrested and detained is a far different experience and can be a more negative experience than being issued a summons to appear in court at a future date,” explained the state’s chief administrative judge on the subject. Check the full legal breakdown via this New York Times article.

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