Recidivism at Rikers Calls for Smarter Policing

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Because too many low-income people are unable to post bail, New Jersey is now requiring judges to consider a scientific tool that weighs the risk of each defendant's release before trial

New York City's Bureau of Correctional Health studied 800 people who routinely go in and out of jail and found that, together, they were admitted to Rikers more than 18,000 times and spent more than half a million days behind bars in the last 6 years.

WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez talks about how the city is trying to identify people who frequently end up in jail and offer them housing and social services to incentivize a change in behavior.