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NYPD Transit Chief Reveals Disturbing Trend of Repeat Offenders And Arrests

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  • NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper has stated that the police regularly arrest individuals who have been arrested 50 or more times, even up to 100 times.
  • Mayor Eric Adams has identified a “recidivism crisis” in the city, with a small group of people committing a large number of crimes, particularly assaults on transit workers and shoplifting.
  • According to Adams, the criminals who assault transit workers average nearly 30 crimes per person, while shoplifters commit around 14 crimes per person.

In a recent interview with NBC News Correspondent Stephanie Gosk, NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper shed light on a concerning issue plaguing the city’s law enforcement: repeat offenders.

Gosk highlighted Kemper’s concern, stating, “Michael Kemper is the NYPD Transit Chief. The big problem, he says, is repeat offenders.”

Kemper’s words were then aired: “We arrest people all the time that have 50-plus arrests, 100-plus arrests.”

This alarming revelation underscores the challenge faced by the NYPD in dealing with a seemingly endless cycle of crime and arrest.

In a separate interview with Fox 5 New York’s “Good Day New York,” Mayor Eric Adams echoed Kemper’s sentiments, pointing out the city’s “recidivism crisis.”

According to Adams, a small number of individuals are responsible for a disproportionately large number of crimes.

Adams was quoted as saying, “38 people committed assaults on transit workers. Out of those 38 people, they committed 1,126 crimes in our city, recidivism crisis. And that’s the same with when you look at shoplifters, 542 people committed over 7,600 crimes in our city.”

These statistics reveal a disturbing trend: those who assault transit workers average nearly 30 crimes per person, while shoplifters commit around 14 crimes per person.

This cycle of repeat offenses not only puts a strain on law enforcement resources, but also poses a significant threat to the safety and well-being of the city’s residents.

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Clear Thoughts (op-ed)

The shocking revelation by NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper and Mayor Eric Adams about the city’s “recidivism crisis” should be a wake-up call for both New York City and the nation as a whole.

Our current criminal justice system is failing to address the root causes of crime and, as a result, allowing a small number of individuals to repeatedly victimize our citizens.

It’s high time we acknowledge this crisis and begin to explore solutions that will not only punish offenders but also provide them with the necessary resources and support to prevent future crimes.

Whether it’s through rehabilitation programs, mental health services, or addressing the underlying socioeconomic factors that contribute to criminal behavior, we must act now to break the cycle of recidivism and restore our communities to safety and prosperity.

Ignoring this problem will only lead to further strain on our law enforcement and a continued decline in the quality of life for all residents.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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10 Comments

  1. Don Bailey

    March 12, 2024 at 8:09 am

    Until criminals are given negative consequences for their crimes they will continue to commit crime. It’s about time the public and businesses were protected from these individuals and laws enforced. How many store closings and injured workers does it take for the elected court administrations to do their jobs and get these individuals off the streets. BUILD MORE JAILS AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

    • David

      March 12, 2024 at 9:47 am

      Thank you, Don…

    • M.I.Childs

      April 4, 2024 at 7:34 pm

      When a criminal commits a crime and is caught he gets arrested, he gets booked and if he can afford bail he gets off until his or her’ trial date. While the thug is out on bail and he commits another crime he should, once arrested and booked spend what ever time is left till the date of the trial for the first offense, behind bars as well as the second offense, without bail, since he has proven to be a repeat criminal. What ever time he or she has spent in jail should be deducted from the sentence. If it turns out that the person is innocent then he should be paid what he would have made
      on the outside in a legal endeavor, minus the cost
      of providing the person with room and board.

  2. NavVet

    March 12, 2024 at 9:37 am

    Only a few things will put an end to this, 1 enforce the laws and punish those who break them. 2 replace all DAs who refuse to obey the laws and put criminals away where they belong. 3 No more “arrest and release” just arrest and punish. 4 Arm all Americans so as they can protect them selves and stop punishing them for defending them selves. last but not least “Punish any and all who do not follow the rule of law by removing them and putting them away”. THIS IS AMERICA. Follow the constitution.

  3. JC4America

    March 12, 2024 at 11:04 am

    Here’s the REAL problem … Adams was all in on being a sanctuary city … Now with the overflow of individuals who believe American laws don’t include them (they’re not Americans) do what they please … Having filled their jails with criminals even before this crisis (NYC wasn’t the safest place to be anyway) there is nowhere to put the additional onslaught … Oh, here’s a great idea! … Let’s slap ’em on the wrist and let them back into the public!! … These great ideas were instituted by Adam’s and his cronies … NOW … They’re crying, please help us, we shot ourselves in the foot and don’t know how to solve these problems … I know, let’s focus all of our attention on ONE man so it looks like we are cooperating with the status quo … We’ll keep charging these bogus lawsuits and MAYBE the “DC swamp” will come bail us out … Don’t look now NYC but HELP isn’t coming!! Sleepy joe doesn’t give 2 SH*TS about you …

  4. Lou

    March 12, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    Criminality and criminal action is a lifetime study. There is no magic bullet. Longer sentences only keep offenders off the street. Low paid poorly behaved security. Poor social services to provide opportunities to rehabilitate. All contribute to an angry unchanged released offender. Add to that a release without any assistance of reintegration into a society the shuns exoffenders both socially and in employment.
    What I have read here will do little to nothing to solve the problems of criminal actions.
    Capital punishment does little to deter or prevent murder. Encarceration does little to prevent or deter criminal behavior. If these did work, why is prisons not empty or nearly empty over the years.

    • gman4691

      March 15, 2024 at 3:10 pm

      providing opportunities to rehabilitate only works inasmuch as the offender is willing to be rehabilitated. Over the years, there have been hundreds of “rehabilitation” programs and there are plenty out there today but if the offender is not willing to be rehabilitated, then rehabilitation ain’t gonna happen. As for being shunned both socially and in employment, those are simply consequences of choices made and carried out by the offenders. When the consequences become severe enough for the offenders, any potential offenders will see that as a deterrent and hopefully make better life choices…unfortunately, there will always be those who don’t.

  5. Frank Inglima

    March 12, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    I recommend stringing them up from a post outside every subway entrance in the city to serve as a warning to future criminals planning to terrorize commuters and employers. Place a placard around their neck denoting their crime. You will see this criminal behavior stop very quickly. Vote the current mayor and DA out of office because They are both worthless and enable this criminal activity. There was a time when I use to enjoy visiting New York City, spending an entire day visiting historic sites, museums and dining out. Sadly, it has become a cesspool thanks to Eric Adams and his predecessor.

  6. Joseph Kinge

    March 14, 2024 at 2:43 am

    The dorks who lead New Yorkers haven’t the brains to stop all the things wrong there. They need to be unemployed!!

  7. gman4691

    March 15, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    “…rehabilitation programs…” – AFter all, they’ve worked so well so far

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