7 thoughts on “The Jail Next Door: A Look at the 14 Correctional Facilities in New York’s Neighborhoods

  1. Rikers is the best location for a jail. It’s on an isolated island with only 1 access road, making escapes extremely difficult. CM Gibson is correct to oppose the jail in her district, which would be near Yankee Stadium.

    No jail is being proposed for Staten Island because only 305 (3.6%) of current inmates are from S.I., the borough with the lowest crime rate. The largest number, 1,661 (20.6%) are from Brooklyn. It doesn’t make sense to build a jail for only 300 people. Even the S.I. courts are a problem, look at that bizarre shootout last week up in St. George.

    We are expending too much energy on Rikers inmates and their families. They are the worst of the worst. So what if it’s difficult for family to visit them. A jail is not a resort. Clean up the out of control NYCDOC but keep Rikers open.


    • While Rikers Island certainly houses some individuals whoany might consider the “worst of the worst,’ most on the island are not in fact considered this, and thus we should certainly be concerned with these individuals and their families.

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  3. It is misleading to compare the effects of state and federal correctional facilities on a local community to those of a city detention center. All of the state facilities in New York city are work-release facilities. Individuals must earn the ability to participate in these programs, through good behavior, which means that only those who have proven that they can refrain from bad behavior are selected.

    Federal centers do not have the same level of offender traffic as do city jails, and the type of crimes that offenders in federal facilities are charged with are not the type of crimes typically associated with the type of neighborhood annoyances that people generally fear about jails in their Neighborhoods. Further, all of the city jails are located in non-residential areas, and so using the them as a gauge for the effect of jails on local communities is also misleading.

    While I completely support closing Rikers Island, and the idea that individuals should be less fearful of opening new jails in their Neighborhood, we must have an honest conversation about the issue. If the city desires for this plan to be successful it must acknowledge the difficulties that it will confront, and it must articulate a plan for how it will address them. For example, homeless are often repeatedly arrested. When they are released will they hang around the area of the jail? Will residents see an uptick in the homeless population in these areas? If this does occur how is the city prepared to deal with this? These are legitimate concerns, and residents deserve legitimate answers.

  4. I don’t want anymore jails in the Bronx period. I understand that they want to get rid of Rikers Island, which I oppose. I think it’s fine there. However, accommodating new real estate for new jails is economically feasible boroughs that are trying to improve their quality of life like mine. So let’s put jails through out the five boroughs to accommodate rich developers and make million dollar condos in Rikers Island for the afluent and lets sacrifice the poor neighborhoods. Who are trying to improve their quality of life, but who cares. I don’t think so. Bill you need another plan.

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