NYC Borough-Based Jail System

In the spring of 2017, the City committed to closing the jails on Rikers Island and creating a network of modern and humane borough-based jails. This smaller jail system, built upon a foundation of dignity and respect, would house a jail population of approximately 5,000, reflecting the reality that both crime and the number of people in jail have continued to fall.

This borough-based system would strengthen connections to families, attorneys, courts, medical and mental health care, and faith and community-based organizations. Being closer to home and transit would enhance the network of support systems for people who are detained, and help prevent future returns to jail.

The new facilities would be designed to foster safety and wellbeing for both those incarcerated and for staff, providing space for quality education, health, and therapeutic programming. Modern facilities would also serve as a catalyst for positive change in the community and the criminal justice system.

We ask you to join us in reimagining these jails as civic assets that would provide a better life for those who are detained and work in them, support smoother transitions back home, and serve as resources for the community.

To view a brochure of NYC Borough-Based Jail System
Download: Borough Sites: Brooklyn  |  Bronx  |  Queens

Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NACs)

As a part of the City’s commitment to addressing community concerns by conducting community engagement in a robust and transparent way, Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NACs) have been created.

The NACs were established to allow the Mayor’s Office to hear a variety of perspectives, including some that may or may not be from people or groups engaged in the formal ULURP process or with their Community Boards. The City created the NACs from each of the communities that will be impacted as we take steps to fulfill the City’s commitment to creating a fairer and more humane criminal justice system.

The selection of the NAC members in all four boroughs was done in consultation with the respective Council Member and selected by the City. The NACs are comprised of community leaders and each one will make a list of recommendations (“Guidelines and Principles”) regarding (1) identifying key opportunities for community investments (community centers, cultural centers, parks, etc.); (2) ways to improve how these facilities will be integrated into the surrounding neighborhood, including a memorialization of top community concerns; and (3) how to use the community-related facility space within each borough jail.

The NAC’s list of recommendations (“Guidelines and Principles”) will be shared with all of the ULURP participants (Community Boards, Borough Presidents, City Planning Commission, and City Council) as an advisory document and incorporated as a chapter in the Capital Project Scope Development (CPSD) Master Plan.

To view the NAC meeting materials, click here.

How Can You Participate?

Community engagement in this process is critical, as the path forward relies on continued support for this vision. The City is leading a public review process to engage people who are detained, staff, families, service providers, attorneys, advocates, community members, and neighborhood groups to ensure that the voices of New Yorkers from all communities can help shape the plan. Through this process, concerns about design and neighborhood impacts will be heard and taken into account.

City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR)

Development of these new facilities requires a City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). This review is a legally required city process that identifies and discloses significant adverse impacts on the environment, including noise, air quality, displacement, and traffic. Four scoping meetings and public hearings were held during the public comment period and the City extended the comment submission period for the draft scope of work from October 15th to October 29th, 2018.

The dates and locations of the public scoping meetings were as follows:

Borough of Brooklyn, September 20, 2018, 6:00 PM
P.S. 133 William A. Butler School
610 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Borough of Queens, September 26, 2018, 6:00 PM
Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Borough of Manhattan, September 27, 2018, 6:00 PM
Manhattan Municipal Building
1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007

Borough of Bronx, October 3, 2018, 6:00 PM
Bronx County Courthouse
851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Pursuant to the City’s Rules of Procedure for City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), written comments on this Draft Scope of Work were accepted by NYC Department of Correction (DOC) through October 29, 2018.

To view copies of the New York City Borough-Based Jail System CEQR Documents, including the Draft Scope of Work CLICK HERE

After the public review period, a Final Scope of Work will be prepared and issued and that Final Scope of Work will be the basis for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which will analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. Additional opportunities for public engagement will continue after the Final Scope of Work is issued as part of the public review process for the DEIS and ULURP.

Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
After issuance of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), the CEQR process merges with the ULURP process, which provides for public review of the project’s land use application. The City is committed to ensuring robust public engagement throughout the formal review process which will include multiple public hearings. In addition, we’ll continue to plan and participate in community discussions to make sure New Yorkers have a voice in helping shape the plan.