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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

Board Releases Report: Sixty-day Punitive Segregation Override Notices Received Through September 11, 2015 from the Department of Correction (11/24/2015)
The report is available here

Board Receives Variance Reqest from DOC (11/10/2015)
Limited Variance on BOC Minimum Standard 1-17(d)(2) (Punitive Segregation)

Rule Making Fall 2015
To view currently proposed rule, written comments, and video from the public hearing, please see Rule Making Fall 2015 page.

The Next Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Correction is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 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

November 10, 2015 Board of Correction Actions on Variance Requests

Materials for November 10, 2015 Board Meeting

Materials for October 13, 2015 Board Meeting

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 September 8, 2015 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.

The Following Amendments 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