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The Board of Correction establishes and ensures compliance with minimum standards regulating conditions of confinement and correctional health and mental health care in all City correctional facilities. The Board monitors conditions in the City's jails, investigates serious incidents, evaluates the performance of the Department of Correction, reviews inmate and employee grievances, and makes recommendations in critical areas of correctional planning. If you would like information about how to locate an inmate, get to Rikers Island, post bail, visit an inmate, send money to an inmate’s account, schedule an attorney visit, deliver a package to an inmate, or schedule pick-up of inmate property, contact the Department of Correction at 718-546-0631 or www.nyc.gov/doc. The Board of Correction has jurisdiction over the New York City jails. Its jurisdiction does not include the New York State prison system. Information regarding the NYS prison system may be obtained by contacting the offices listed to the right.
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Board of Correction Has Moved

As of July 27, 2015, the Board of Correction main office is now located at:

1 Centre Street, Room 2213
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-669-7900


The Next Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Correction is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting will be located at:

455 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016 - Auditorium on Ground Floor Cross Streets are E.26th Street and E.27th Street

Directions:

  • Coming from downtown, the M15 bus runs the length of First Avenue in Manhattan and stops at E. 32nd Street and First Avenue.
  • Coming from uptown, the M15 bus runs along Second Avenue and stops at E. 34th and 2nd.
  • The Number 6 train station at 28th Street is the closest subway stop.


Board Receives Emergency Variance Request from DOC
The Board of Correction received a variance request regarding punitive segregation.
DOC Variance Request
Comment from Brooklyn Defenders Services
Comment from the Public Advocate
Comment from Jails Action Coalition
Comment for the Legal Aid Society

Board Names Martha King as Executive Director
The Board of Correction recently voted unanimously to name Martha King as its Executive Director. A seasoned policy strategist, King brings 15 years of experience in both the public and non-profit sectors to the Board of Correction.

Congratulations Martha!

Martha King Press Release

Board Receives Petition for Rule Making From the Public Advocate
The Board of Correction has received a petition for rulemaking from the Public Advocate, concerning sexual abuse and sexual harassment in New York City jails.
Board Response to Petition Received from the Public Advocate
Download Petition Received from the Public Advocate
Comment Received from Prisoner's Rights Project - Legal Aid Society
Comment Received from Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Comment Received from Brooklyn Defender Services

DOC Petition for Rulemaking
DOC submitted a petition for rulemaking concerning Classification, Personal Hygiene, Recreation, Contact Visits, Limitations on Visiting Rights, Packages, Enhanced Supervision Housing and Punitive Segregation.
DOC Petition for Rulemaking submitted May, 26, 2015
Comment from Chidren's Rights
Comment from the Legal Aid Society
Comment from the Jails Action Coalition
Comment from Brooklyn Defender Services
Comment from City Council Member Dromm
Comment from New York City Bar Association
Comment from NYCLU
Comment from Collective (17 Organizations)
Additional Comment from the Legal Aid Society (July 10, 2015)
Additional Comment from Jails Action Coalition (July 10, 2015)
Additional Comment from the Legal Aid Society (July 13, 2015)

Discussion of Changes to the Board's Visit Standard
The board received the following letter commenting on changes to the Visit Standard being discussed.
Letter from 17 Organizations

Mayor de Blasio announces appointment of Stanley Brezenoff as Chair
On April 7, 2015 Mayor de Blasio announced the appointment of Stanley Brezenoff as Chair of the Board of Correction. Mr. Brezenoff brings decades of managerial experience in the private and public sectors to his new role. He is President and CEO of Continuum Health Partners, and previously served as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and as First Deputy Mayor under Mayor Ed Koch, among other positions.

BOC Reports

Follow-up report on Enhanced Supervision Housing as of April 30, 2015 This is the second report on Enhanced Supervision Housing (ESH). It provides updated demographic information on the ESH inmates, unit operations, and unusual incidents. It then analyzes ESH’s mission and some ongoing challenges.

Report on the status of punitive segregation reform This report serves as an update on the Department of Correction’s (DOC) implementation of the amendments to punitive segregation (PS). It includes a description of the three types of punitive segregation units and information on punitive segregation admissions and transfers. Finally, it presents a discussion of problems with punitive segregation and concluding remarks.

Violence in New York City Jails: Slashing and Stabbing Incidents An analysis of the Department of Correction’s data on stabbing and slashing incidents and weapons. The report notes that the vast majority of all weapons recovered by DOC staff are jail-made weapons fashioned from materials found inside the jails.

Preliminary Report on the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit
This report serves as a first-look at the Department of Correction’s (DOC) implementation of Enhanced Supervision Housing (ESH). We summarize the background of ESH and provide a timeline. We then present details on the inmates currently housed in ESH, as well as how the new unit has been operating.

Violence Indicators Report
Report of violence indicators, March 17, 2015.


DOC Reports
60 Day Report on ESHU
60 Day Report on Punitive Segregation

The Following Amendedments Were Approved at the January 13, 2015 Meeting
Approved Amendment to the Minimum Standards

BOC responds to the U.S. Department of Justice’s report
The Board wrote to Mayor de Blasio urging his administration to endorse the U.S. Justice Department’s findings that "there is a pattern and practice of conduct on Rikers Island that violates the constitutional rights of adolescents" and a "deep-seated culture of violence pervasive throughout the adolescent facilities at Rikers..." The Board wrote “[w]ithout the administration’s immediate response to the culture of violence on Rikers Island, these practices will continue unabated.” The Board offered its support to help in this effort.
BOC Letter to the Mayor

BOC held a public forum on “Punitive Segregation Reform – National Perspectives” on June 12th
The public forum focused on punitive segregation reforms, especially for vulnerable populations, from across the nation that also maintained the safety and security of correctional facility staff and inmates. The presenters included:
  • Jane Lovelle, LCSW, Deputy Director of Jail Behavioral Health Services & Co-Director of the Intern Training Program, San Francisco County Jails
  • Michele Fisher, Facility Commander, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department
  • Joseph Ponte, Commissioner of NYC Department of Correction and former Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Corrections
  • Richard Dudley, MD, forensic psychiatrist
The event was moderated by Gordon J. Campbell, Chair, NYC Board of Correction, followed by a Q&A period from Board members and the audience. This is the link to the webcast:

http://new.livestream.com/cunylaw/boc


BOC grants DOHMH variance to provide injury-related diagnoses to DOC

On November 18, 2013, the Board of Correction voted unanimously to grant the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s variance request from section 3-08 [“Privacy and Confidentiality”] (c)(3) of the Health Care Minimum Standards. The variance allows health care staff to provide to the Department of Correction specific diagnoses related only to injuries sustained by prisoners while in correctional custody. The reporting of diagnoses unrelated to an injury would remain prohibited from disclosure. This variance will remain in effect for six months.

Download Variance Letter

Download Form

BOC unanimously votes to initiate rule-making regarding punitive segregation

On September 9, 2013, the Board unanimously approved a motion to adopt the recommendation of a Committee of the Board to initiate rule-making on the issue of punitive segregation.

Click here to read the Committee’s recommendation.

Rule-making will be pursuant to the City Administrative Procedures Act (CAPA). The Board will discuss proposed language with stakeholders, including DOC, DOHMH, OMB, other interested parties, and experts. Under CAPA, the Board will publish and distribute widely its proposed amended standards, solicit written comments and hold a public hearing. The Board will consider all written comments and testimony before promulgating new or revised standards.


BOC grants variance authorizing DOC to temporarily restrict adolescents for up to two hours in their cell

At its public meeting on September 10, 2012, the Board of Correction granted the Department’s request for a variance from Minimum Standards section 1-05(b)(2) “Lock-In” authorizing DOC to temporarily restrict for up to two hours in their cells adolescent prisoners assigned to cell housing units at RNDC who continue to engage in minor misconduct after being ordered to stop. An inmate in temporary cell restriction will have access to all mandated services, unless in the opinion of the area supervisor the inmate has not regained his composure. Under these circumstances, the Department may delay or deny a temporarily restricted inmate’s access to showers, recreation, congregate religious services and law library. All other provisions of the Minimum Standards remain in full force and effect.

At its January 14, 2013 public meeting, the Board renewed the variances for six months, and continued the reporting requirements and conditions on the variances.

[For all of the variance conditions imposed by the Board, click HERE to read the variance-granting letter.]
Resources
NYS Department of Correctional Services
 
  NYS Commission of Correction  
 
  Prisoners Legal Services  
 
  Legal Aid Society - Prisoner's Rights Project