The Location of Justice
IntroductionIntroducing the Location of Justice.
StructuresThe city's jails and courts pose ethical questions and design challenges, and shape the criminal justice system's function and effects.
The city's plans call for new borough jails to replace those at Rikers. A set of drawings examines land uses in the boroughs' civic centers to consider: Can New Yorkers accept jails as neighbors?
StreetsFrom policing to the design of public space, what forms can safety take in city neighborhoods?
For decades, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design has touted the efficacy of bollards, gates, and cameras in deterring violent acts — with scant evidence. At what cost do we build “defensible space”?
Photographer Kris Graves tracks all 77 NYPD precincts from Tottenville to Edenwald, looking to these buildings — sometimes humble, sometimes imposing — for the face and footprint of law and order in the neighborhood.
SystemsPolicing, punishment, and crime prevention intersect with other systems and networks that structure the city.
For doctors trying to provide mental health care to people who are incarcerated or detained by the New York City Department of Corrections, city jails pose a challenge — and provide an opportunity.
Where do the street trees come from, and where does the compost go? Rikers Island was the city’s growing outpost for years. But does “greening” the prison always improve things for prisoners?
FuturesWhether diverting New Yorkers from the path to prison, or re-entering the city after a sentence has been served, what might a city after incarceration look like?
About this Series
The Location of Justice is edited by Mariana Mogilevich and Olivia Schwob.
Greg Berman (Center for Court Innovation), Ronald Day (The Fortune Society), Insha Rahman (Vera Institute of Justice), and Susan Tucker (Consultant, criminal justice reform) generously shared their insights and expertise in the development of this series. They are not responsible for its content or any errors within. The editors would also like to thank the many people from advocacy organizations, legal services, city agencies, service providers, academic institutions, architecture firms, and other points of expertise who have shared their perspectives and experiences and responded to our questions and ideas as we have developed The Location of Justice.
The Location of Justice is supported, in part, by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Donald & Shelley Rubin Foundation.