New York City is the safest big city in the country. In the last twenty years, every type of major crime has plummeted and Mayor de Blasio's first year in office ended with the lowest annual number of homicides in the City’s history. Advances in safety have been matched by dramatic declines in the jail population: on the last day of 2014, the Rikers Island population was under 10,000 for the first time since 1983. New York City’s experience is proof that we can have both less incarceration and more safety.
Despite this success, there are still stubborn problems in our criminal justice system. Jail populations have fallen, but the number of people with behavioral health needs has remained constant. Violent crime persists in a few neighborhoods, often the same neighborhoods where other indicators of distress – such as poor health outcomes or low graduation rates – are concentrated. Explore the links above for more information on how we are working to solve these problems.