Data Drop: Misdemeanor Arrests in New York City, 2013-2017

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Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, a pioneer of 'broken windows' policing, and Mayor de Blasio, one of the strategy's stoutest defenders.

While Mayor de Blasio has achieved success, faced opposition and registered failures and on many issues during his first term, none played so large a role in his becoming mayor—or posed greater political risks through his tenure so far—as criminal justice. Read our article about his criminal justice record here, and see our timeline of events here.

The data below is compiled by City Limits from data provided by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. The 2017 data is through August so to make it comparable, we have provided six-month totals for March through August for each year.

Arrests Over Six-Month Period Between March and August Change
Top Arrest Charge 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2013-2017 2016-2017
PL 120.00 ASSAULT-3RD 15,496 16,674 15,279 14,770 13,515 -12.78% -8.50%
PL 155.25 PETIT LARCENY 12,663 13,146 12,675 11,390 10,598 -16.31% -6.95%
PL 165.15 THEFT OF SERVICES 17,027 15,710 14,826 12,971 9,531 -44.02% -26.52%
PL 221.10 CRIM POSS MARIJUANA-5TH 14,847 15,462 8,994 9,904 9,290 -37.43% -6.20%
PL 220.03 CRIM POSS CONTR SUBST-7TH 12,026 12,758 10,504 8,398 7,651 -36.38% -8.89%
VTL 1192 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 4,647 4,545 3,373 3,326 3,038 -34.62% -8.66%
PL 265.01 CRIM POSSESSION WEAPON-4TH 4,195 4,267 3,811 3,386 2,593 -38.19% -23.42%
PL 145.00 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF-4TH 2,733 3,080 2,862 2,803 2,569 -6.00% -8.35%
PL 140.10 CRIMINAL TRESPASS-3RD 3,835 4,748 3,640 3,009 2,438 -36.43% -18.98%
PL 240.30 AGGRAVATED HARRASSMENT-2ND 2,846 1,492 1,849 2,229 2,267 -20.34% 1.70%
PL 120.14 MENACING-2ND 2,007 2,180 2,004 1,924 1,883 -6.18% -2.13%
PL 221.40 CRIM SALE MARIJUANA-4TH 2,742 3,116 2,399 1,816 1,779 -35.12% -2.04%
PL 121.11 CRIM OBSTRUCTION OF BREATHING 1,735 1,778 1,749 1,646 1,552 -10.55% -5.71%
PL 215.50 CRIMINAL CONTEMPT- 2ND 1,585 1,753 1,599 1,538 1,356 -14.45% -11.83%
PL 205.30 RESISTING ARREST 2,648 2,325 1,640 1,241 828 -68.73% -33.28%
PL 165.40 CRIM POSSESSION STOLN PROP-5TH 1,095 1,048 812 718 716 -34.61% -0.28%
PL 120.20 RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT-2ND 842 1,007 803 797 705 -16.27% -11.54%
PL 195.05 OBSTRUCT GOVERNMENTL ADMIN-2ND 981 855 711 765 689 -29.77% -9.93%
PL 145.60 MAKING GRAFFITI 1,224 1,121 1,014 640 684 -44.12% 6.88%
PL 230.04 PATRONIZE A PROSTITUTE-3RD 765 409 508 531 582 -23.92% 9.60%
PL 140.15 CRIMINAL TRESPASS-2ND 1,604 1,418 1,108 760 533 -66.77% -29.87%
PL 130.52 FORCIBLE TOUCHING 506 482 528 555 509 0.59% -8.29%
PL 170.20 POSSESS FORGED INSTRUMENT-3RD 321 401 301 463 450 40.19% -2.81%
PL 260.10 ENDANGERING WELFARE OF CHILD 505 491 472 394 387 -23.37% -1.78%
PL 190.23 FALSE PERSONATION 478 803 706 518 382 -20.08% -26.25%
PL 165.05 UNAUTH USE OF VEHICLE-3RD 406 494 406 430 350 -13.79% -18.60%
PL 120.15 MENACING-3RD 439 417 384 358 328 -25.28% -8.38%
PL 230.00 PROSTITUTION 896 910 749 616 293 -67.30% -52.44%
PL 220.50 CRIM USE DRUG PARA-2ND 351 316 222 352 285 -18.80% -19.03%
PL 225.05 PROMOTING GAMBLING-2ND 141 156 343 196 254 80.14% 29.59%
PL 215.55 BAIL JUMPING-3RD 398 388 402 383 245 -38.44% -36.03%
PL 165.16 UNAUTHORIZED SALE OF FARECARD 427 397 380 309 233 -45.43% -24.60%
PL 221.15 CRIM POSS MARIJUANA-4TH 338 261 245 254 217 -35.80% -14.57%
PL 245.00 PUBLIC LEWDNESS 269 357 337 353 211 -21.56% -40.23%
PL 240.50 FALSE REPORT INCIDENT-3RD 233 205 197 187 179 -23.18% -4.28%
PL 165.71 TRADEMARK COUNTERFEITING 3RD 474 491 329 276 172 -63.71% -37.68%
VTL 600 LEAVE SCENE OF ACCIDENT 107 166 160 151 165 54.21% 9.27%
PL 155.30 GRAND LARCENY-4TH 205 183 184 183 147 -28.29% -19.67%
PL 205.20 PROMOTING PRISON CONTRABAND-2ND 106 140 117 122 126 18.87% 3.28%
PL 215.51 CRIMINAL CONTEMPT-1ST 118 119 99 107 112 -5.08% 4.67%
PL 120.45 STALKING-4TH 87 130 92 123 105 20.69% -14.63%
PL 225.30 POSSESS GAMBLING DEVICE 77 98 138 125 100 29.87% -20.00%
PL 140.35 POSSESSION OF BURGLAR TOOLS 180 182 122 131 91 -49.44% -30.53%
PL 135.05 UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT-2ND 131 117 102 100 83 -36.64% -17.00%
PL 170.05 FORGERY-3RD 36 67 57 74 74 105.56% 0.00%
PL 260.20 UNLAWFULLY DEALING W-CHILD-1ST 161 92 92 83 72 -55.28% -13.25%
PL 190.25 CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION-2ND 138 136 86 74 60 -56.52% -18.92%
PL 165.30 FRAUDULENT ACCOSTING 70 99 75 97 56 -20.00% -42.27%
PL 145.05 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF-3RD 40 72 54 63 54 35.00% -14.29%
PL 225.15 POSSESS GAMBLING RECORDS-2ND 117 69 98 85 51 -56.41% -40.00%
PL 240.45 CRIMINAL NUISANCE-2ND 30 42 25 41 49 63.33% 19.51%
PL 230.20 PROMOTING PROSTITUTION-4TH 32 30 53 35 44 37.50% 25.71%
PL 221.35 CRIM SALE MARIJUANA-5TH 100 68 46 34 43 -57.00% 26.47%
PL 240.08 INCITING TO RIOT 91 80 32 14 36 -60.44% 157.14%
PL 165.00 MISAPPLICATION OF PROPERTY 59 39 39 40 35 -40.68% -12.50%
PL 145.14 CRIMINAL TAMPERING-3RD 4 15 21 20 34 750.00% 70.00%
PL 145.65 POSSESSION OF GRAFFITI INST 68 51 47 47 33 -51.47% -29.79%
PL 215.40 TAMPER WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE 90 74 22 48 31 -65.56% -35.42%
PL 270.05 UNLAW POSS-SELL NOXIOUS MATTER 6 5 7 11 29 383.33% 163.64%
PL 260.24 ENDANGER WELFARE OF INCOMPT/DISABLED-2ND 1 28 15 24 29 2800.00% 20.83%
VTL 511 AGG UNLICENSED OPERATION OF MV 242 17 19 22 27 -88.84% 22.73%
PL 115.00 CRIMINAL FACILITATION-4TH 8 10 11 15 27 237.50% 80.00%
PL 220.45 POSSESSION HYPODERMIC INSTRUMT 30 23 24 29 26 -13.33% -10.34%
PL 240.10 UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY 173 166 127 58 24 -86.13% -58.62%
AM 353 TORTURE ANIMALS 19 22 39 39 24 26.32% -38.46%
PL 240.25 HARASSMENT 1ST 42 33 25 29 23 -45.24% -20.69%
PL 130.20 SEXUAL MISCONDUCT 32 36 34 35 23 -28.13% -34.29%
PL 130.55 SEXUAL ABUSE-3RD 45 64 26 32 21 -53.33% -34.38%
PL 240.37 LOITERING FOR PROSTITUTION 186 124 136 48 20 -89.25% -58.33%
PL 210.45 FALSE WRITTEN STATEMENT 32 25 25 12 18 -43.75% 50.00%
PL 165.09 AUTO STRIPPING-3RD 44 29 38 22 17 -61.36% -22.73%
PL 165.25 JOSTLING 20 15 17 22 17 -15.00% -22.73%
PL 190.78 IDENTITY THEFT 3RD 10 24 23 19 16 60.00% -15.79%
PL 270.00 UNLAW DEALING W-FIREWORKS MISD 91 124 54 45 13 -85.71% -71.11%
PL 178.10 CRIM DIVERSON PRESCRIP-4TH 35 32 24 16 12 -65.71% -25.00%
PL 145.15 CRIMINAL TAMPERING-2ND 33 20 7 22 12 -63.64% -45.45%
PL 270.25 FLEE OFFICER IN MOTOR VEH-3RD 24 30 15 23 12 -50.00% -47.83%
PL 165.45 CRIM POSSESSION STOLN PROP-4TH 16 26 9 8 11 -31.25% 37.50%
PL 120.50 STALKING-3RD 13 23 5 17 11 -15.38% -35.29%
PL 130.25 RAPE-3RD 11 10 10 11 11 0.00% 0.00%
PL 175.35 OFFER FILE FALSE INSTRUMNT-1ST 9 7 4 4 11 22.22% 175.00%
PL 195.00 OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT 11 17 12 8 9 -18.18% 12.50%
PL 190.81 UNLAWFUL POSS PERSONAL ID-3RD 12 10 14 17 8 -33.33% -52.94%
PL 150.01 ARSON 5TH 7 10 13 9 8 14.29% -11.11%
PL 175.05 FALSIFY BUSINESS RECORDS-2ND 20 11 22 23 7 -65.00% -69.57%
PL 130.60 SEXUAL ABUSE-2ND 17 17 13 22 7 -58.82% -68.18%
PL 135.45 CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE-2ND 15 10 7 11 7 -53.33% -36.36%
PL 240.05 RIOT-2ND 24 65 21 10 6 -75.00% -40.00%
PL 170.70 ILLEGAL POSS OF VEH IDENT NO 25 8 3 5 5 -80.00% 0.00%
PL 175.30 OFFER FILE FALSE INSTRUMNT-2ND 25 11 15 8 5 -80.00% -37.50%
PL 230.40 PERMITTING PROSTITUTION 18 8 6 7 4 -77.78% -42.86%
PL 215.10 TAMPER WITH WITNESS-4TH 10 15 8 4 4 -60.00% 0.00%
TAX 1814 EVADE CIG TAX LAW 258 8 3 7 3 -98.84% -57.14%
PL 275.35 FAIL DISCLOSE ORIGIN RECORDING-2ND 85 48 27 6 2 -97.65% -66.67%
PL 145.25 RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT PROPERTY 12 12 7 11 2 -83.33% -81.82%
PL 240.36 LOITERING UNLAW USE CONTRL SUB 13 16 6 8 1 -92.31% -87.50%
PL 205.55 HINDERING PROSECUTION-3RD 10 11 4 2 1 -90.00% -50.00%
COR 168 FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFNDR 6 2 11 2 1 -83.33% -50.00%
All Others 299 400 227 301 219 -26.76% -27.24%

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