Queens has Highest City Conviction Rate

NEW YORK (TIP): Queens DA Richard A. Brown recently announced that, according to the City’s Summer 2013 Criminal Justice Indicator Report released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt, Queens County continues to be a leader in many of the critical areas that are the focus of the report. “The report’s statistical evidence offers substantial proof that Queens County is, and continues to be, a city-wide leader in many categories,” Brown said. “The bottom line is that we are providing a safer environment in which to live for the 2.3 million residents of Queens County.” The City’s Summer 2013 Criminal Justice Indicator Report provides insight into the functioning of the City’s criminal justice system and the ways in which it is changing.

Statistics in the report are based on data from the judiciary, the City’s five elected District Attorneys and the Office of the New York City Special State Narcotics Prosecutor and other New York City criminal justice agencies. Among the Indicator Report’s key findings were: o Queens County’s conviction rate for violent felony arrests in 2012 was the highest among the City prosecutors – 60 percent. The citywide average was 52 percent. o Queens County continues to have the best arrest-to-arraignment time in the City for the first six months of 2013. The citywide average arrest-to-arraignment time is 21.71 hours, while Queens County arraigns defendants in 20.27 hours. o Queens County maintains the lowest re-arrest rate in the City with just 26 percent of people being re-arrested for a crime within the year and 10 percent being re-arrested for a felony within the year. Citywide, 33 percent of people arraigned in 2009 (the last year for which there is available data) were rearrested for another crime within a year and 13 percent were re-arrested for a felony crime within a year.

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