The Women’s Center for Justice: A New Vision for Women in NYC Jails
With the closing of Rikers Island, New York City has a unique opportunity to revolutionize the treatment of women and gender-expansive people who are currently at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers.
The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University Justice Lab and Center for Justice, former NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi, Women’s Community Justice Association and HR&A Advisors have collaborated on a report detailing the design, model and operations of “The Women’s Center for Justice,” a first-of-its kind gender-responsive, trauma-informed facility. The report calls for New York City and State to transform the Lincoln Correctional site at West 110th Street into a site for women and gender-expansive people that breaks the traditional model of jail with a “Reentry at Entry” approach and holistic care that ends the cycle of incarceration.
- Michele Deitch & Alycia Welch, The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab, University of Texas at Austin
- Vincent Schiraldi, former NYC Department of Correction Commissioner
- Sharon White-Harrigan, Women’s Community JusticeAssociation
- Samantha Plummer, Columbia Justice Lab
- Cheryl Wilkins, Columbia Center for Justice