Brooklynites fume over lack of community input in jail planning process

Originally published in Brooklyn Daily Eagle on September 21, 2018.

Brooklynites called on the city to halt the planning process of a 430-foot jail in Boerum Hill at a public hearing Thursday, citing lack of community input opportunities to the plan.

In front of hundreds of attendees, city officials presented the Borough-based jail system Draft Scope of Work that aims to develop four jails in the boroughs as part of the plan to close Rikers Island and provide appropriate conditions for the inmates.


“This is completely unacceptable,” said state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery. “[It] contradicts the city’s borough-based jail system plan for smaller, safer, fairer jails.”

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