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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 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.

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, October 13, 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. Map

Materials for Board Meeting

Proposed Rule Change - October 16, 2015

What are we proposing? The Board of Correction is considering promulgating a rule which would allow certain changes to the Department of Correction’s (the Department) visitation and packages policies, as well as amend certain due process requirements for the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit and allow certain exceptions to current limitations on the use of punitive segregation. The rule would additionally make permanent a number of long-standing variances that the Department has repeatedly sought and received from the Board.

When and where is the Hearing? The Board will hold a public hearing, at which the public and interested parties are invited to submit comments and testimony on the proposed rule, at 1 p.m. on October 16, 2015. This hearing will be held at 455 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016 - Auditorium on Ground Floor.

How do I comment on the proposed rule? Anyone can comment on the proposed rule by:

  • Mail. You can mail comments to the Board of Correction, at 1 Centre Street, Room 2213, New York, NY 10007.
  • Fax. You can fax comments to the Board of Correction at 212-669-7980.
  • Email. You can email comments to
  • Website. You can submit comments to the Board of Correction through the NYC rules Web site at
  • By Speaking at the Hearing. Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling 212-669-7900. You can also sign up in the hearing room before the session begins at 1 p.m. on October 16, 2015.

Additional Information for October 16, 2015 Public Hearing:

Q: Will the Board impose a time limit on individuals who sign up to speak at the hearing? If so, what will the time limit be?

a. The time limit at the last hearing was three minutes. The time limit at the October 16, 2015 hearing will be six minutes per person.

Q: Will all Board members be expected to attend the entirety of the hearing?

a. Board members are scheduled to attend this hearing but depending on the length of the hearing all may not be able to stay for its entirety. All Board members will review the full transcript or video.

Q: Will the Board allow the hearing to continue until everyone has had an opportunity to speak? Or is there a time at which the hearing will be terminated?

a. The hearing will continue until everyone has had an opportunity to speak. On 10/16, the hearing will end at 7 PM. However, if there are speakers signed up who have not yet spoken by 7 PM, they will be scheduled for a continuation of the hearing to occur on 10/19 at 4 PM. If it is necessary to continue the 10/16 hearing on a later date, the continuation date and time will also be announced on 10/16 at 7PM to hearing participants.

Q: What accommodations will the Board be making to allow for working people and youth in school to participate in the public hearing?

a. We scheduled the 10/16 hearing to begin at 1 PM expecting it to run through some of the evening and thus accommodate both people who are available during the day time and others only available after school or work. The hearing on 10/16 will end at 7 PM, but if there are still people signed up who have not had the chance to speak at that time, the hearing will be continued on 10/19 at 4 PM.

Q. Has the Board posted information about the hearing throughout the jails, in each law library and in all of the visit areas?

a. We have taken steps to post in each law library and visit area. We will update this page when that is complete.

Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule
Mayor's Office of Operations Certification

September 8, 2015 Board of Correction Actions on Variance Requests
Limited Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-02, Classification of Prisoners (Date by which the Department shall implement the requirement that inmates aged 18-21 be housed separately and apart from inmates over the age of 21) – DOC
Limited Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-02, Classification of Prisoners (Commingling special category City-sentenced and detainee inmates at RNDC) – DOC
Limited Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-03, Personal Hygiene (Suicide smocks and suicide resistant bedding) – DOC
Limited Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-06, Recreation (Limited recreation for inmates in the Communicable Disease Unit at the West Facility) – DOC
Limited variance on BOC Minimum Standard - (Commingling of detainee and sentenced pregnant inmates at RMSC) – DOC
Limited Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-17, Punitive Segregation (Overrides of Seven Day Period) – DOC
Continuing Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-02, Classification of Prisoners (SMI young adults to remain in the PACE unit with adults until they are stabilized enough to enter young adult housing) – HHC

Materials for Board Meeting

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:

NYS Department of Correctional Services
  NYS Commission of Correction  
  Prisoners Legal Services  
  Legal Aid Society - Prisoner's Rights Project