Supervised Release Program

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Our Impact

  • 7,000 Our supervised release program has helped people avoid bail—and potentially Rikers Island—in more than 7,000 cases.

  • 22 fewer days in detention for supervised release participants than for matched comparison group in pilot study.

  • 21% of supervised release participants received misdemeanor criminal convictions versus 38% in matched comparison group in pilot study.

Jamaal Anderson, supervised release client
"Having someone there to steer you in the right direction really was a big help for me. I had to not let [my case manager] down, as well as myself."
Jamaal Anderson Client of our supervised release program at Bronx Community Solutions

Publications & Digital Media

  • Publication

    New York’s Bail Reform Law: Major Components and Implications

    In January 2020, New York State put into effect sweeping criminal justice legislation, strictly curtailing the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, overhauling rules governing the sharing of evidence, and strengthening measures to ensure a defendant's right to a speedy trial. Our analysis of the potential implications of the reforms to bail finds they can be expected to significantly reduce the use of incarceration in the state. (See here for our updated analysis of the April 2020 amendments to the legislation.)

  • Publication

    Bail Reform Revisited: The Impact of New York’s Amended Law

    Our analysis of the revisions passed in April 2020 to New York State’s bail reform projects they will lead to a 16 percent increase in New York City’s pretrial jail population, relative to the effects of the original law. However, even the revised statute makes an estimated 84 percent of cases ineligible for bail. The analysis also weighs factors, including the COVID-19 emergency, that could produce a culture change in pretrial decision-making—in the direction of less, or more, reliance on detention.

  • Audio

    Getting People Off Rikers Island in a Pandemic

    Jails and prisons have quickly emerged as epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. As New York City struggled to get people out from behind bars, it turned to a trio of nonprofits to repurpose a successful program on the fly. The urgency of supporting people released abruptly from jail in the midst of a pandemic is clear, but so are the challenges. The experience also raises the question: what happens to criminal justice when the virus ends?

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