The number of New York Law School (NYLS) students who have been arrested on campus has fallen by more than 10% over the past year, according to figures released by the state this week.
The total number of arrests on campus for crimes ranging from disorderly conduct to sexual harassment fell from 3,894 in 2015 to 2,716 in 2016, according a report from the New York State Office of Legislative Services.
The state said this year’s numbers were more than the previous two years.
But it is the number of students arrested for trespassing and for the possession of a weapon that has remained relatively steady.
“We are concerned about the number and type of arrests that occurred, but we’re not surprised by the results,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, told the Times.
“These arrests were the result of the State Police and other agencies taking swift action and providing a level of transparency to our residents and the public.
That transparency is the key.”
The figures are a bit higher than those reported last week by the Office of Statewide Information Technology, which noted that the number dropped by about 6% last year.
The Office of Criminal Justice Statistics has been tracking the arrests of New Yorkers since 1997.
Last year, more than 2,500 students were arrested on campuses for offenses ranging from resisting arrest to simple possession of alcohol.
The drop is not surprising, according the Office.
“There’s a very good chance that the numbers were already dropping before the election,” said David M. Katz, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University and author of The Crime of Conscience: How Police and Prosecutors are Ripping Americans Apart.
“We are now seeing a decrease in the number.
The law enforcement community, which was largely in control of the enforcement of these laws, is now being challenged by the public.”
The drop in arrests has been particularly noticeable in areas of the city where the number had been declining, Katz said.
The number of people arrested on New York campuses has fallen over the last five years, according for the New Yorker, from 2,906 in 2015 and 2,836 in 2016 to 1,846 in 2017 and 1,927 in 2018.
In the two years before that, there was a drop from 2.5 million to 1.4 million.
Lawmakers, including Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, have pushed for stricter campus safety measures.
Last month, they introduced the Campus Safety Act, which would require schools to make their campuses safer.
In April, the governor signed legislation that would also require schools that receive state aid to develop plans to monitor and report on student safety and to make the necessary changes.
The New York Police Department reported that it has investigated nearly 1,000 students who were arrested and charged with crimes since January 1, the latest available figures.