The Queens House of Detention sits vacant but will factor into the city's plan to close Rikers // nyc.gov

Queens House of Detention Set to Re-Open As Rikers Closes

The vacant Queens House of Detention is one step closer to re-opening as a key component of the city’s plan to shutter Rikers Island.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers. The Queens jail will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue, the site of the vacant House of Detention, which closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2002.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers.

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A bail bonds Office in NYC. AP Photo by Kathy Willens

$1 Bail Fail Initiated Latest Reforms

A stunning bail system failure helped initiate a slate of jail reform bills signed into law Tuesday — though they came a few years too late for one Rikers detainee.

The new laws, introduced by District 24 Council Member Rory Lancman, will require bail bond agents to be more transparent when it comes to seeking compensation and filing complaints and will force each bail bondsman to display a consumer bill of rights inside their shops.

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District 24 Council Member Rory Lancman // Photo Courtesy of Rory Lancman

LANCMAN: Supervised Release Is Answer For ‘Fairer and Sensible’ Justice System

New York City’s bail system is costly, inefficient and unjust. Everyday, thousands of people languish on Rikers Island, who have not been found guilty of any crime, solely because they cannot afford to pay bail. In essence, these individuals are stuck in jail, not because they are too dangerous to release, but because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.

Until a few years ago, there was no solution to combat this crisis. Today, however, the answer is supervised release.

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Queens County Criminal Courthouse // Eagle Photo by Andy Katz

Police Reform Group Charges That Queens Weed Busts Discriminate

There’s a new marijuana policy coming to town and the latest arrest data from the New York Police Department reveal the vast racial disparities that prompted the change.

In the first six months of 2018, 93 percent of people arrested for marijuana possession in New York City were black or Hispanic. The data was compiled from NYPD arrest records and distributed by in a new report released by the Police Reform Organizing Project.

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The Queens House of Detention sits vacant but will factor into the city's plan to close Rikers // nyc.gov

Queens Jail Turned TV Set Has Role in Rikers Closure

Over the past 16 years, it seems that everyone in Queens has proposed a new use for the vacant Queens House of Detention near the Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens.

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