NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to news today that the Police Department will no longer arrest individuals for fare evasion, who have a summons warrant on their record:

“New York City should not be arresting or prosecuting anyone for fare evasion. The Police Department’s new policy is a positive development since it will keep more New Yorkers out of the criminal justice system, but the Mayor should stop criminalizing the poor entirely and direct the NYPD to issue civil summonses only for fare evasion.”