The Queens Detention Facility, NYC’s lone private prison, would not be affected by an Assembly bill designed to prohibit private prisons.// Google Maps

Jamaica Jail Prompted Private Prison Prohibition Bill, But Would Go Unscathed

A new Assembly bill that would prohibit the operation of private prisons on state property will have no impact on New York City’s lone private jail, a facility located amid an industrial zone in Jamaica.

The Private Prison Elimination Act would prohibit the state from leasing or granting state-owned property to be used for the operation of private correctional facilities. The bill was inspired by stories of abuse inside the Queens Detention Facility, a spokesperson for bill sponsor Ari Espinal, a Corona assembly member, told the Queens Daily Eagle.

But the jail is located on private property and will not be affected by the bill, a reality that has frustrated Espinal.

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A Department of Sanitation garbage truck. Photo by Jason Lawrence.

Trash Law Treasured In Southeast Queens

The smell of trash and the rumble of garbage trucks are all too common experiences for residents of Southeast Queens.

For years, Community District 12 — which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village and South Jamaica — has been a literal dumping ground for the rest of New York City, but starting next year, the trash burden will lighten.

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Jamaica Man Busted For Pimping Teen Girl

A man from Queens was indicted today on sex trafficking charges after allegedly forcing a teenage girl into prostitution.

Tyquan Henderson, a 21-year-old from Jamaica, Queens, faces several charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, and rape after he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl to perform sex work and to have sex with him under threat of violence.

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Legal Aid attorneys Melissa Ader and Emma Goodman explain the conviction sealing law. Eagle photo by Andy Katz

25 Took First Step to Second Chance at LIFE Camp

Roughly 25 Queens residents visited Life Camp in Jamaica to take the first step toward a second chance Monday night.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society hosted the first installment of “Know Your Rights Week,” a series of confidential workshops to help New Yorkers with certain 10-year-old, non-violent convictions apply to have their records sealed under a 2017 state law.

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FBI-JTTF personnel//FBI Multimedia

Jamaica’s Wannabe ISIS Fighter Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

A Jamaica man turned prospective Islamic State fighter pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for his role in attempting to support the terrorist organization.

Ali Saleh, 25, pleaded guilty at the Brooklyn federal courthouse to two counts of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said.

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Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens//Google Maps

‘No Harassment’ of Patients Found at Jamaica Clinic, Judge Amon Rules

David Brand Queens Daily Eagle A federal court ruled Saturday that anti-abortion activists are free to continue to follow and

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The Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica // Photo Courtesy of the Center for Active Design

Queens’ Stunning Public Spaces Earn National Praise

By David Brand Innovative design can inspire robust civic engagement and the examples are evident throughout Queens According to a groundbreaking

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