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Criminal Justice

The Location of Justice: Structures

A Jail to End All Jails

Mayor de Blasio promises to close the Rikers Island jail complex in ten years. But what comes next? A look at the island’s history reveals clues — and cautions.

The Location of Justice: Structures

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.

The Location of Justice: Introduction

Introduction: The Location of Justice

A new series examines New York's overlooked infrastructures of crime and punishment.

The Location of Justice: Introduction

Map: The Location of Justice

How can we define the “criminal justice system”? What is it, where is it, and what are all of the things that it does?

The Location of Justice: Introduction

After Arrest

Arrest sends New Yorkers down a complex path, away from their families, homes, and neighborhoods, oftentimes ending in jail. A drawing describes the spaces they encounter on the way.

The Journey from Death to Hart Island

John Surico traces the processes and policies that bring bodies to rest in New York City's potter's field and reports on the ongoing debate around how this necessary but controversial burial ground is managed.

Rings of Refuge: The Boxing Gym in a Shrinking City

Sociologist Lucia Trimbur explains how the urban gym acts as an informal means of reentry for formerly incarcerated men of color facing a complex web of parole requirements and diminished opportunity.

Picture the Homeless Hits the Pavement

Marcus Moore and Sam Miller of Picture the Homeless, an organization led by homeless and formerly homeless people, discuss their activism on issues of affordable housing, police harassment, and shelter reform.

Young New Yorkers: Restorative Justice Through Public Art

Architect Rachel Barnard describes her new public art program for adolescents in the criminal justice system and reflects on the potential legal, social, and urban significance of an art- and architecture-based approach to restorative justice.

From Waiting Rooms to Resource Hubs: Designing Change at the Department of Probation

Laura Kurgan describes an integrated, systemic design process for the largest alternative-to-incarceration program in the country.

Field Trip: Brooklyn Detention Complex Housewarming

Rape New York by Jana Leo

Jana Leo, the author of Rape New York, a candid account of sexual assault, discusses how the ordeal changed her perspective on property neglect, systemic gaps and neighborhood transition.