The criminal justice system in New York City is broken. Despite Mayor De Blasio’s promise to greatly reduce non-violent Marijuana arrests, tens of thousands of largely African American and Latino New Yorkers are being arrested for carrying Marijuana. This can destroy the lives of the people being arrested, and it costs the city money. We must stop arresting young men of color for marijuana-related offenses.
My administration will push the NYPD to drastically reduce marijuana-related arrests and tickets and step up enforcement of quality-of-life statutes like ticketing for littering.