Criminal justice advocates are sounding the alarm about a proposed crackdown on bad subway behavior, after MTA board members voiced support for a lifetime ban on repeat transit criminals and floated the idea of publicly shaming fare evaders online.
On Monday, a subset of the agency’s board voted on a resolution that would prohibit transit recidivists from riding the subways. Sarah Feinberg, a recent Cuomo appointee, called for the vote during the Transit Committee meeting, warning of “folks who are literally using our system to prey upon people.”
The subcommittee passed the resolution, and it will go before the entire MTA board on Wednesday. The potential policy shift comes less than a week after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to add 500 cops to farebeating “hotspots” across the city.
In the first eight months of last year, 89 percent of those arrested for jumping a turnstile were black or Hispanic individuals.
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But some board members were less sanguine about the proposal. David Jones, a de Blasio appointee who also leads the Community Service Society of New York, cautioned during the meeting that “unless we characterize this extraordinarily narrowly, we’re going to end up sweeping in people and make it almost certain they’re going to return to the life of crime because they won’t have any transportation options.”
“Characterize this extraordinarily narrowly.”
In other words, don’t arrest the minorities, just go after that 11%, poor or not.