When Government Came to Main Street
The Bronx County Building embodies the New Deal era's ideals of robust government presence in everyday life, for better and worse.
We're About Getting People Free, Period
With the pandemic churning inside city jails, a proliferation of mutual aid networks are crowdsourcing funds to get as many people out of pretrial detention as they can. We hear from organizers of COVID Bail Out NYC about what securing someone else's freedom really means.
The buildings where fates, freedoms, and justice are decided sit at the center of our image of the justice system. What form should they take? How should they work?
Siting Rikers' Replacements
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?
Retrofit for Fairness
The city oversees an experiment: Can new signage and instructions improve experiences in New York’s busiest criminal courthouse?
A housing court case can make the difference between safe at home and out on the street. Jenny Laurie of Housing Court Answers explains how it works and what throws the scales of housing justice out of balance.
Due Process and the Enclosure of Justice
What is gained, and what is lost, when justice takes place outside public view?
The People's Court
New spaces for justice replace punishment with problem solving and hierarchy with community.
What Jail Can't Do
Frank Greene and Kenneth Ricci discuss the changing paradigms of half a century of justice architecture and what we should ask — and expect — from courts and jails.
Introduction: The Location of Justice
Examining New York's overlooked infrastructures of crime and punishment.