Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins and the no-prosecution study findings
Rachael Rollins made headlines during her 2018 run for Suffolk County district attorney when she said, if elected, the office would not prosecute those charged with a set of 15 lower-level misdemeanor offenses and focus its energy on more serious crimes. Rollins said the criminal justice system spends too much time on cases that end up pulling minor offenders into the system, tripping them up with endless court dates that make holding a job difficult, assessing fines and fees that they have trouble paying. Contrary to the idea of prosecution as a deterrent, she and other reform advocates say pursuing these cases often becomes a recipe for recidivism.
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