Thought this was interesting. Fare evasion is skyrocketing in NYC costing the transit authority hundreds of millions of dollars each year. This is clearly linked with the DA's decision to no prosecute fare evaders because they don't want to "criminalize poverty". This is an example of an extremely liberal state thinking with the heart instead of the brain. The transit authority can't sustain itself. Fare evaders are stealing from taxpayers. What's next? Is the DA's office going to not prosecute shoplifting because it "criminalizes poverty?" Just to clarify, I would have no problem with discounted or reduced fares for the poor. Declining to prosecute a specific illegal activity just encourages more of it.