WNET MetroFocus: Justice Week - Jails in Your Community

Originally published in WNET on May 23, 2019.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with borough-based jails is underway. But could smaller jails lead to safer or more dangerous streets? In partnership with Public Square Media, we continue our special “Justice Week” series and examine the blueprint for the closing of Rikers Island with some of the key officials leading New York’s criminal justice reform.

For more information on Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Post Conviction Review Unit, Sealing Unit, and the nationally recognized Conviction Review Unit, click here: www.brooklynda.org

To read New York’s “Bail Elimination Act” authored by New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, click here: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s2101

To learn more about Tyler Nims, Executive Director of The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and how that commission is driving change, click here: https://www.morejustnyc.org/

To watch the full video, click here: https://bit.ly/2HS1uZd