First Initiative: A ‘Green’ Approach To Jails In NYC
Our first project is an alternative plan to the Mayor’s disastrous, cruel and profligate effort to build four borough-based mega tower jails in residential communities. To rehabilitate those in jail we need light, space and air which do not exist in concrete skyscrapers. Bad for those in the jail, bad for the communities around the jail.
- More compassionate to the incarcerated integrating nature
- Costs considerably less
- Does not destroy neighborhoods
- Builds enough beds to accommodate BOTH crime decreases & increases
- Reduces travel time and personnel expense to courthouse
- Improves family access
Why Is The Mayor’s Plan to Close Riker’s Island Flawed?
low estimate cost for new mega jails, estimates put it much higher…
new beds available in the borough-based jails … yet current & historic need is closer to 5,000
Size of the jail proposed at White St., Manhattan, making it as tall as The Statue of Liberty & tallest jail in world
Why do we know better?
We are politicians, architects, social justice activists, academics and, most importantly, New Yorkers who believe innovative solutions to social justice exist. Because there is no justice in destroying communities with decades of building work only to jail men and women in skyscrapers without access to nature.
Why is our plan better?
Our plan will cost half as much, not distract the day-to-day lives of communities struggling to recover from Covid-19. It will use our efficient ferry system to cut travel time in half and most importantly, it will offer light, air, green and open space to rehabilitate those in jail. Isn’t that real justice? Why is this plan not taken seriously?
Meet The Leadership Committee
Did you know that nature can transform how we build jails? Attentional Restoration Theory (ART) is an influential framework first proposed by Kaplan and Kaplan that is proven to improve focus and sense of calm, making it a more compassionate approach to incarceration.