NEW YORK—Mayoral candidate Tom Allon proposed banning offenders from the city’s subway system in a recent forum. Yet, according to a report it’s already happening. At least nine persons who have been convicted of crimes in the subway system agreed to never riding the subway again as part of their parole.
“If you’re a prolific subway recidivist, we have a good working relationship with Parole and have been able to ban them from subway use for good,” said Lt. Kevin Callaghan of the NYPD’s Manhattan Transit Task Force, according to the New York Post.
The criminals include Prince Hayes, who has 60 arrests to his name, including many for stealing copper from within the transit system. Hayes was arrested again last June for trying to cut a copper cable with a hacksaw.
“They’re creatures of habit,” said Callaghan of the offenders. “This is where they feel comfortable.”
A box on the form detailing conditions for release on parole has the line “I will not ride/enter the NYC subway system without prior approval of my parole officer.”
It’s possible for these offenders to use the subway system for exceptional cases, such as those pertaining to a job.
The list was created in 1991 after a criminal who had 18 prior arrests robbed a woman. She died after an accident while chasing him.