From the NY Post:
In a ramped-up effort to thwart subway criminals and keep repeat offenders off the streets, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has pushed for higher bail and harsher penalties for small-time offenses like cellphone snatching and pickpocketing, his office told The Post.
In a policy sea change, prosecutors in the new Crime Strategies Unit have been demanding hard time for crooks based on their history as serial offenders, and judges have been granting those requests since May.
Before, prosecutors would ask for bail based upon the crime a person was accused of at the time, resulting in slap-on-the-wrist punishments that let crooks strike again, officials said.
Stopping subway thieves has been a massive focus of the program.
"Crimes committed within the New York City transit system threaten the safety of all passengers of public transportation," Vance told The Post.
He said his department "analyzes crime trends across Manhattan, including in our transit system. Our office takes all crimes seriously, because we know that low-level offenses often lead to more serious crimes."