PBS News Weekend

Season 4, Episode 57 of 99

On Saturday, NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports on efforts to address New York City's 1.4 million open arrest warrants for low-level crimes. Between 2003 and 2013, the NYPD issued more than 6 million summonses for "quality of life" crimes, such as biking on the sidewalk and walking a dog without a leash. For the nearly 40 percent of people who fail to show up in court, a bench warrant is issued for their arrest, which critics say adds to distrust and fear of the police, especially in minority communities. To address the issue, the Brooklyn District Attorney has begun holding events to clear these low-level warrants, and the city is piloting ways to streamline the summons process.

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