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Few stop-and-frisk cases lead to convictions

A new report, released Thursday by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, shows less than 1 percent of people stopped as part of the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program are convicted of a crime.

In analyzing close to 150,000 arrests that resulted from approximately 2.4 million stops between 2009 and 2012, the report concludes that roughly half of those arrests, or just three percent of stops, led to guilty pleas or convictions at trial. In addition, just 0.3 percent of stops led to jail sentences of more than 30 days and 0.1 percent led to convictions for a violent crime. The report also finds widespread consequences for arrestees and criminal justice institutions, including litigation costs incurred by the city and various harms even to individuals arrested for misdemeanors.

The report, available at www.ag.ny.gov, is the second to be released by the Office of the Attorney General. The first, released in 1999, found that blacks and Hispanics were stopped and frisked at a disproportionate rate, even when controlling for demographics and crime rates.

“My office’s analysis of the city’s stop and frisk practices has broad implications for law enforcement, both in New York City and across the state,” Schneiderman said. “It’s our hope that this report — the first of its kind — will advance the discussion about how to fight crime without overburdening our institutions or violating equal justice under the law.”

The report relies on data obtained from the New York Police Department and the Office of Court Administration.

The Civil Rights Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office is committed to ensuring equal justice under law and protecting the rights of all New Yorkers. To report complaints, contact the Attorney General’s Office at (212) 416-8250, or [email protected]; read a copy of today’s report at www.ag.ny.gov.