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City pushes for leniency in parks violations

<p>The city is pushing to make laws surrounding offenses made at city parks more lenient. &nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2017, 1:20 PM

Updated 2,646 days ago

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City pushes for leniency in parks violations
The city is pushing to make laws surrounding offenses made at city parks more lenient.  
The New York City's Parks Department says it wants to eliminate misdemeanor offenses as a penalty for offenses committed at parks and instead replace them with violations.
Currently, being in a park after hours or littering can land someone with a misdemeanor charge, according to the city.
The department says it wants to change that as a way to ease up the heavily burdened court system in the city.
Offenders will simply pay a $200 fine or spend a night in jail depending on the severity of the violation.
Residents say they approve the proposal because it’s easier on tax payers. 
A public hearing will be held about the matter on Saturday. 


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