Results from the Rikers Early Release Program, launched by New York City in response to the prevalence of COVID-19 in jails, show the program is reducing health risks while ensuring public safety.
In March 2020, New York City's Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice asked the Center for Court Innovation, along with the city's other two supervised release providers, to offer remote supervision and referrals to services for people released early from a jail sentence. In the program's first month, the Department of Correction released 312 people into supervision from high-risk conditions in the jails.
With close to 6,000 check-ins now completed, the program has a compliance rate of 92 percent—under unprecedented circumstances for both clients and staff. Providers have also made more than 250 referrals for participants to obtain additional community-based services.
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