Arrests for Low-Level Crimes Are Plummeting, and the Experts Are Flummoxed
By Jacob Gershman
Oct. 6, 2019 5:30 am ET
Major police departments around the country are arresting fewer people for minor crimes, according to a growing body of criminal justice data.
New statistical studies show a deep, yearslong decline in misdemeanor cases across New York and California and in cities throughout other regions, with arrests of young black men falling dramatically.