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13 July 2017

From Jails to “Justice Hubs”: New Report Details How Design Can Improve & Integrate Jails in Our Cities Metropolis

Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement this year of a plan to close the Rikers Island jail complex, long seen as emblematic of the City’s criminal justice failings and systematic civil rights violations, Van Alen Institute put together an interdisciplinary team of architects, planners, psychologists, advocates and more to reimagine what a jail can be—for detainees, officers, visitors, and the community at large. The report, released today by Van Alen Institute in partnership with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, emphasizes the social connections and communal dimension of the criminal justice system, which must be considered when devising new designs for borough-based prisons…