How to nudge people to show-up in court

New, Behaviorally-Informed NYC Summonses Hit the Streets

Every year, hundreds of thousands of low-level tickets, known as summonses, are issued in New York City. Police officers use them for an array of non-arrestable offenses like riding a bike on the sidewalk, littering, or consuming alcohol in public, many of these tickets can only be resolved by showing up to court on an assigned date—often long after receiving it (2-3 months later). Nearly 40% of people who receive a summons don’t show up to their court date, resulting in the issuance of a warrant for their arrest. That’s a serious problem for the city. ….[READ]

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