New York City Community Service Sentencing Program (Third Interim Report)


This 1983 Vera report is the fifth interim report on the impact of the New York City Community Service Sentencing Program, which was intended to enforce a sentence of supervised, unpaid community service as an alternative to short jail terms given primarily because no enforceable alternative punishment is available. Highlights of the impact analysis are: 1) of the property misdemeanor recidivists sentenced to the project, many would have drawn jail sentences without the project, and thus the program significantly reduced the demand for jail cells. Given Rikers Island at an over capacity, the economic value to the City of reducing cell demand is substantial.


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021