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Safely reducing the NYC jail population

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Reductions so far

New York City’s use of jail is among the lowest nationally

New York City leads the nation in defendants who wait for trial at home instead of in jail

Reduction strategies already in place

The average daily population in New York City Jails was 8,705 as of January 1, 2018.

Strategy: Reduce length of stay

Long stays are the single biggest driver of the city’s jail population

Strategy: Reduce the number who go in: Bail reform

Most people who post bail do so within a week

Strategy: Reduce the number who go in: Supervised release

Supervised release – a bail alternative program – has diverted over 11,000 people

Strategy: Reduce the number who go in: Targeted interventions for frequent users

Approximately 66% of the city sentenced population serve sentences of fewer than 60 days

Projected reductions

Longer-term plan: summary of interventions currently in progress

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