Over the last twenty years, New York City has experienced the sharpest drops in crime anywhere in the nation. As crime has fallen so has the City's jail population – on the last day of 2014, there were fewer than 10,000 inmates on Rikers Island for the first time since 1983.
To safely reduce the jail population even further, we are focusing on identifying who is committing crimes and where and then tailoring strategies to address those specific problems. We are expanding programming and services that work to reduce re-offending, as some of the issues that ultimately end in time behind bars start well before and last well after contact with the criminal justice system. Minimizing criminal justice involvement must involve many more players than the jail system alone.
For recent declines and opportunities for further reductions in the jail population click here