Number of people arrested in New York City hits record high

Prison cell illustration 
By: Aarav Sen 

The number of people getting arrested in New York City, jumped sharply and hit record levels, according to new figures released this week.

Despite a record low number of inmates in city jails, the number of people arrested is the highest in the history of the city.

In fact, the number of arrests made by the New York Police Department, has increased nearly 23 percent since 2003. In 2002, the number stood at 338,788 jumping last year to 413,573, police statistics show.

There were 334,163 arrests in 2003, which was a slight decline from 2002, but after that the number of arrests rose to 351,435 in 2004, and continued to increase to a peak of 422,982 arrests in 2010.

Stop-and-frisks, meanwhile, shot up in New York from 98,000 in 2003, to nearly 700,000 last year, a staggering 600 percent increase, which caused widespread concern of racial profiling by police in New York.

There are hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, who are tossing and turning through the legal system. They often spend days in prison cells before their case is dropped or they are released.