Study finds not prosecuting misdemeanors reduces defendants’ subsequent arrests

Results support Suffolk DA Rollins’s move to dismiss lower-level offenses

A STUDY EXAMINING the effect of declining to prosecute lower-level nonviolent offenses — a signature policy adopted by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins that has drawn both praise and scorn — suggests the approach leads to significantly less future involvement by those defendants in the criminal justice system. The new study, which looked at cases(...)

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