Lawmakers look to decriminalize turnstile jumping

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Some state lawmakers are looking to decriminalize the act of hopping subway turnstiles.

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright are introducing legislation that would make turnstile jumping a civil matter that would be punishable with a fine akin to a parking ticket.

There would be no potential arrest, imprisonment or criminal record. The lawmakers say that too many 16- and 17-year-olds are being arrested.

The NYPD says turnstile jumpers do receive a civil summons. If someone is found to be a repeat offender, for example having three or more unpaid summonses, they are "subject to arrest on a misdemeanor charge."

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