Accused of Crime in the Bronx, Thousands Walk Free
Bronx DA refuses to prosecute if victim isn't interviewed within a day.
A review of city records has found that people accused of crimes in the Bronx have a far greater chance of walking away without charges than those in New York City's four other boroughs.
WNYC reports that Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson declines to prosecute thousands more cases than the city's other district attorneys.
The radio station says one of the main reasons is that the Bronx district attorney usually declines to prosecute if a victim isn't interviewed within 24 hours after an arrest.
A chief assistant to Johnson says she is confident that the district attorney's office has real reasons not to bring charges when it declines to prosecute.
The assistant, Odalys Alonso, says the office has long had a policy that victims must come forward early.