NYC May Decriminalize Public Drinking



A plan under consideration at the New York City Council may completely revamp the city’s “broken windows” policing. The proposal, from council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office, would transform crimes like public urination, open containers, and fare-beating into civil violations instead, settled through tickets and monetary damages instead of arrests and potential jail time.

The seven crimes that would become civil offenses under this plan-which faces some opposition from officials who fear tickets wouldn’t be taken as seriously-account for 510,000 outstanding arrest warrants, according to the New York Daily News. They also account for 42 percent of summonses issued by the NYPD in the past 13 years.┬áRead more at the New York Daily News.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. So this Council speaker has no problem with homeless bums taking a leak in public when I’m taking a walk with my wife and young children? What an idiot.