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Cutting recidivism with data

The Michigan Department of Corrections last week announced a new partnership with Recidiviz, a nonprofit that develops a data platform for corrections departments, aimed at using the state’s data to further lower its recidivism rate. “A lot of what they’re doing is taking the data that we have and that we collect and putting it in a way that’s going to be really useful for us,” said Chris Gautz, a department spokesman. The department hopes Recidiviz can help it identify factors that might contribute to someone’s decision to reoffend. Colin Wood reports.

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Enjoy your virtual lunch

Kansas City, Missouri, officials told StateScoop they’re expanding efforts to better inform residents about how they can use the city’s open data and digital services. The city is running a series of virtual “lunch-and-learns,” as well as publishing data-driven “stories” using Esri software to improve engagement, said Kate Bender, a senior management analyst in the city’s data division. “Unless you’re already pretty engaged, you might not know or think to download the city’s 311 app, or you might have heard of open data, but not really know how it pertains to you. So that was our concept," she said. Ryan Johnston has details.

New York prepares for 5G kiosks after stinging program review

The digital kiosks that’ve popped up across New York City over the past few years are expected next year to be joined by 5G-capable installations. But the expansion of the kiosks, which offer Wi-Fi signals, phone calls, device-charging outlets and revenue-generating digital advertising space, will come after the New York State auditor that found the program is well behind schedule, and that the city has been shortchanged nearly $70 million by its vendors. Benjamin Freed has more.


Achieving equitable, secure access to citizen services with modern identity proofing

Blake Hall, CEO of ID.me, discusses how federal and state agencies can improve citizen access through portable identity proofing. In this exclusive interview, he explores the security challenges government agencies are facing as they look to implement citizen identity verification and how modern digital identity verification can ensure equitable access to government resources. Listen to more from Hall.

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