There have been many stories of people getting arrested for the smallest offenses, like jumping a turnstile in the train station. The number of arrests is increasing for these minor offenses. This leads to the idea that police officers are arresting people whenever they feel like it. In Barry Paddock’s article in the New York Daily News, “Fare evasion arrests surge in recent years, making it among city’s top offenses leading to jail,” there are examples of multiple incidents where people are arrested and held overnight for jumping the turnstile. The number of arrests had increased by 69% in just 5 years (2008-2013). There are many reasons for them, but we can never know for sure. Any reasons are purely hypothetical, but some reasons could be racial prejudice or even trying to fulfill a certain arrest quota. Either way, it’s a problem that people are getting arrested and put in jail for such a small crime. Jumping a turnstile at most deserves a ticket or a warning, especially since it’s mostly young people who are doing it, and it’s also people who are in a rush or had problems with their metro card. “From 2008 through the first half of this year, nearly 37,500 people have gotten sentences for fare evasion that involved time behind bars, including time served, and 1,802 of those people were minors, according to state data.” (Paddock). I feel it’s an unnecessary use of power and resources on the police officer’s part. It brings up the biggest question of why they do this, and unfortunately there is no definite answer. It’s like asking why do (some) police shoot unarmed black men. Of course there are reasons like “the suspect looked suspicious” or “I thought he had a gun” but no one knows for sure. Problems like these bring a lot of issues to our criminal justice system and force us to believe that maybe the system is corrupt and that we may never find true justice.