A new proposal called Weed for Rails thinks so.
The plan, which offers 3,000 low-level offenders supervised release in lieu of bail, will help “reduce both the financial and human costs of needless incarceration.”
Tucked away into New York's new budget is a bail fund of $1.4 million, but will it help reduce the population at notoriously brutal city jails like Rikers Island?
Stanley Richards just got appointed to the NYC Board of Correction, which oversees all the city's jails, including the one he used to call home.
Melissa Mark-Viverito plans to decriminalize seven minor offenses, meaning you'd get a ticket instead of a court summons for drinking in public or pissing in an alley.
Police reformers aren't exactly thrilled about the idea after a year defined by brutality and protests.
New York City is mulling a "right to know" law after a summer defined by police brutality across America.
Sick of harsh federal policies and gridlock in Washington, NYC officials are set to box out the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from messing with city prisoners suspected of being in the country illegally.
A policy that was once a left-wing pipe dream is set to become reality in the Emerald City, and a handful of liberal metropolises across the country are scrambling to keep pace.