Eric Adams blasts ‘catch, release, repeat’ villains amid NYC crime surge

Mayor Eric Adams blasted the revolving door treatment of the Big Apple’s crooks after the NYPD’s latest crime figures, saying, “‘Catch, release, repeat’ can’t be a criminal justice mantra.”

After revealing that major crimes are up nearly 40 percent this year, Adams blamed the situation in large part on “a significant number of people who commit burglaries, grand larceny and robberies.”

“They are repeat offenders and if we don’t stop that flow, it’s going to be harder for us to get those numbers under control,” he said during a press conference at City Hall.

“I can’t say more clearly that we’ve created an atmosphere across the city, if not across the country, that people who commit these crimes will not be held accountable and that’s sending a signal to the streets that ‘we continue to commit these crimes.’ ”

In response to questions from The Post, Adams added, “‘Catch, release, repeat’ cannot be a criminal justice mantra.”

Hizzoner also said he will be meeting with officials to address the issue.

Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams, in response to the high crime rates, said, “‘Catch, release’ cannot be a criminal justice mantra.”
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Serious crimes are up nearly 40 percent in 2022.
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“The goal is this ongoing fight to ensure dangerous individuals who are arrested are prosecuted, go through the criminal justice system and get off our streets,” he said.

“It takes too long to judge dangerous people. While on our streets, they continue to commit crimes.”

Adams’ comments followed a front-page report in The Post on the latest NYPD CompStat numbers, which showed serious crimes increased 37% this year compared to the same period in 2021.

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Robberies rose 39.2 percent from 6,530 to 9,091.
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NYPD crime scene
Adams said he would be meeting with officials to see how rising crime could be curbed.
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Grand thefts were up 49% through Sunday – from 18,058 to 26,908 – and car thefts were up 46.2% from 4,855 to 7,100.

Figures show robberies are up 39.2% from 6,530 to 9,091 and burglaries are up 32.9% from 6,251 to 8,305.

The only category to see a decrease is homicides, down 5.6% from 252 to 238. Eric Adams blasts ‘catch, release, repeat’ villains amid NYC crime surge


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