New York City Mayor Eric Adams is currently advocating for district attorneys to go back to the drawing board and find ways to hold folks accountable for skipping out on subway fares by jumping the turnstile!
During a recently held press conference in the Bronx amongst NYPD leadership officials, Mayor Adams responded to a question in regards to controversial soft-on-crimes taking place in New York City.
He explains that jumping the turnstile is a crime and that people need to be held accountable by the law. “They need to. It’s a crime. It’s a crime.”
Mayor Adams details that he believes that due to prosecutors soft-touch approach on the turnstile jumpers, subway crime has increased reports the New York Post,
“If we start saying it’s alright for you to jump the turnstile, we are creating an environment where any and everything goes,” says Mayor Adams.
“It’s a crime. Now, you could defer prosecution, you could people in programs, you could do all sorts of things, but let’s not ignore it, and that’s what’s happening to our subway system.”
He says that prosecutors decision to not press charges against people that commit a crime on any level is sending the wrong message.
Mayor Adams adds, “We allow people to jump over the turnstile and not pay their fare and not prosecute. We sent the wrong message,” he said.