Pilot monitoring program aims to keep minors out of Rikers Island

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RIKERS ISLAND — A new monitoring program is aiming to keep minors out of Rikers Island while awaiting trial.

According to the New York Times, the program is aimed at reducing the number of teens in the jail complex.

The program will use GPS technology in smartphones and bracelets to track the movements of the teens. Defendants are given a smartphone from the state that is unable to be turned off. If one of the participants misses an appointed round that they agreed to, they'll get calls from a counselor. If they abandon the phone or ignore appointments, they could be arrested.

Teens between the ages of 16 and 18 who are accused of certain felonies are able to participate.

New York is one of two states that charges 16 and 17-year-olds as adults and sends them to adult jails.

The program will begin in September.

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