I was in New York City early this week, attending a meeting at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation concerning some research in the early stages about the use of citation in lieu of arrest for misdemeanor crimes. Cite and release is the default for misdemeanors in Nebraska, declared so by the Legislature several decades ago. Apparently, however, there are many differences in this practice around the country. I had responded with some comments to a blast email from the researchers, and the next thing I knew, they asked me to come brainstorm with the group in person.
While the law in Nebraska provides exceptions when misdemeanants may be booked into jail (most commonly, the defendant has a history of failure to appear), around 85% of the Lincoln Police Department's misdemeanor arrests are handled with cite and release. Among the issues to be studied are the pros and cons of citation in lieu of arrest, its impact on failure to appear rates, and the impact of the lack of a ten-print card in most cite and release arrest situations on criminal history records. These issues have been the subject of several past posts on by blog.
I suspect we will still be calling it a ten print card decades after it has no longer been a card.
Sunday night, I stayed at a Hampton Inn on the corner of 8th Avenue and 51st Street. My room was on the second floor, and when I opened the drapes, this was right outside the window.
Ground transportation in New York was an adventure, involving the JFK AirTrain, Long Island Railroad, subway, and a little shoe leather. I took public transportation into Manhattan--something I always like to do when visiting cities with connected airports. I enjoy rubbing elbows with the locals and paying a little pocket change, rather than $65 for a taxi--even when someone else is paying the bill. I like it even better when I can get to the airport for free!