The latest data has shown that New York City jail stabbings and slashes are on an alarming rise even as the number of detainees falls.
The NYC data shows that for the first seven months of 2022, 296 such incidents were reported — up a dizzying 71% from the 173 reported in the same period last year.
The data also shows that the number of stabbings and slashings in July alone hit 42, nearly matching the 44 reported in the first seven months of 2016 — the year a federal monitor was named to address jail violence.
The grim data came as the city’s jail population has plunged in the last six years.
According to reports, the stabbings this year are spread across a detainee population of fewer than 6,000. In contrast, the double-digit count in the same period in 2016 was spread across a population of about 10,000.
Moreover, the July tally was also a jump from the 39 stabbings and slashings in June and the 24 in May.
The same data shows that there were 66 such incidents in March—the highest one-month figure in seven years.