Wow. McKinsey rigged a program & manipulated data to make it look like it was improving conditions & reducing violence on Rikers Island, but it was bogus. It also convinced NY to spend "millions on sorts of advanced data analytics" that didn't work well.
NYC asked McKinsey to help stem violence at Rikers. The firm said its plan worked—but it had juked the numbers. Violence went up. McKinsey got millions. ’s latest
McKinsey got mil reduce violence in NYC jails. What did it do? -It recommended more use of Tasers, shotguns and “aggressive dogs.” -It rigged tests to show violence going down. (Violence actually soared.) What it didn’t do: Talk to inmates. By
Mayor Bill de Blasio paid McKinsey management consultants $27.5 million in taxpayer money for a plan to stem violence at Rikers Island jail. McKinsey rigged the data to make it appear as though violence was down. In reality, violence soared.
Yesterday, I reported for on a failed $27.5M project to curb violence at NYC’s Rikers Island jail complex. For that story, I reviewed >10k pages of project documents. Let’s take a look at some of them. /1
McKinsey pulled some classic charter school moves to rig the stats at Rikers
If you haven't already, read this infuriating story
New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.
New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.
New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared. - ProPublica via
"Jail officials and McKinsey consultants had jointly rigged the Restart program in its earliest phase to all but guarantee there would be few violent episodes, according to documents and interviews."
Wow. NYC hired McKinsey to reduce violence at Rikers, despite their lack of experience in the sector. They then: didn't speak to inmates or clinic staff; suggested expanded use of Tasers, shot guns, K9; stacked the participant pool in a test program; ...