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A Conversation with NYU Professor Anna Harvey – The Adverse Consequences of Misdemeanor Prosecutions (Zoom Program)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022|4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
*This is a Zoom program.*
NYU Professor Anna Harvey, founder of the Public Safety Lab and President of the national Social Science Research Council, will discuss the paper she co-authored entitled “Misdemeanor Prosecutions.”
Misdemeanor prosecutions make up over 80% of the cases processed by the United States criminal justice system. Professor Harvey’s study of non-violent misdemeanor prosecutions in Suffolk County, Massachusetts between 2004 and 2018 found that defendants whose misdemeanor charges were dropped before arraignment were 58% less likely to return to the criminal justice system for a subsequent offense within the next two years and were more likely to avoid charges for any serious violent crimes: only 24% returned to court for another offense within two years, compared with 57% of defendants whose misdemeanor charges were fully prosecuted. Her review of cases during 2019 and 2020 confirmed these results. Discussants will include: District Court Judge Stacey J. Fortes, District Court Judge Paul Hart Smyth, and Juvenile Court Judge Gloria Y. Tan.
This event is co-sponsored by the Race and Ethnic Fairness Committee of the MA District Court.
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