PATH TO UNDER 100 | Strategies to Safely Lower the Number of Women and Gender-Expansive People in New York City Jails
On Rikers Island, the widespread violence, dysfunction, and lack of access to basic services mean no one leaves better off than when they went in. The roughly 300 women and gender-expansive people incarcerated at Rikers are uniquely vulnerable.
This report represents a partnership of the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College with the Women’s Community Justice Association, Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (the Lippman Commission), and the Center for Court Innovation.
With proper planning, coordination, and the political will, we can safely and smartly lower the number of women and gender-expansive people in custody below 100—and keep it that low. This report presents safe, effective, gender-responsive strategies to meet that essential goal.
Closing Rikers Island: A Roadmap for Reducing Jail in New York City