About Rikers Island & the Borough-Based Jail System

In October 2019, the former New York City Council passed, and former Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law, land use plans to create four modern jail facilities and permanently close the jails on Rikers Island. The new facilities will be located closer to courts and communities. The Borough-Based Jails plan is scheduled to be complete by August 2027.

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Department of Correction, and NYC Health and Hospitals are sponsoring the Borough-Based Jails system. These agencies work together to ensure that the principles of criminal justice reform are manifested in these new facilities.

The Department of Design and Construction is procuring firms to dismantle existing facilities, prepare the sites for new construction, and design and build the new facilities.

For visitor and site information, visit the official NY Department of Correction website.

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