In Brooklyn, the City will demolish the existing Brooklyn Detention Center and replace it with a modern facility. The new jail will have housing units for detainees, programming and recreational space, communal areas, and a retail corridor.

Brooklyn is ready to be a part of the City’s largescale decarceration efforts and join the borough-based jail system. The goal is to incarcerate fewer than 3,500 people citywide. Each new facility will pair well with the history and character of the surrounding neighborhood.


Brooklyn Facility Design Principles & Guidelines

The City’s overarching goals for all component projects undertaken as part of the Borough-Based Jails Program (BBJ Program), including new detention facilities and Early Works, such as dismantle and swing space projects, are described below.

  1. Design and construct new detention facilities grounded in dignity and respect that offer dedicated spaces to promote better connections to families, attorneys, courts, medical and mental health care, education, therapeutic programming, and service providers. These detention facilities must enable effective and tailored programming, provide appropriate housing for those with medical and mental health needs, and facilitate enhanced opportunities for stable reentry into the community.
  2. Design and construct new component projects of the BBJ Program that provide a safe, humane, secure, and efficient environment for all those who work, visit, or are in custody within the projects.
  3. Design and construct new detention facilities and other component projects that are beacons of exemplary public architecture that thoughtfully respond to urban context, contribute positively to the character of the surrounding neighborhood and streetscape, and serve as civic assets for all New Yorkers.
  4. Provide exceptional design based on thoughtful and engaging communication with City agencies and community partners.
  5. Minimize construction- and operations-related impacts to neighboring properties and facilities and the community at large; Achieve dust and noise mitigation standards that exceed minimum regulatory thresholds.
  6. Provide safety in and around the Project site.
  7. Optimize overall operations and maintenance efficiency.
  8. Complete the Project within budget and on schedule.
  9. Proactively seek innovative solutions to accelerate the Project schedule while controlling cost and maintaining quality and safety.
  10. Provide robust minority- and women-owned business enterprise participation.
  11. Exemplify the City’s principles of Project Excellence, including excellence in design, construction, and project delivery.


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Quick Information


The Brooklyn Detention Facility Project consists of demolishing the existing detention center and replacing it with a modern facility


The new Brooklyn Detention Facility will be located at 275 Atlantic Avenue, the same location as Brooklyn’s previous detention center


The Brooklyn Detention Facility Project is expected to be completed by 2027


Building the new facility is part of the borough-based jail system which aims to create a smaller, safer, and fairer system by incarcerating less people and building modern facilities


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