The Justice in Design project developed innovative, realistic, and progressive programming and design guidelines for new jail facilities, specifically within the New York City. As the city moves to closing the violence-plagued Rikers Island and towards a future of borough-based courts and jails, the study explored how "Justice Hubs," could create a civic resource, integrated into the neighborhood and providing much-needed services and facilities for all. Located in each of the boroughs near existing courts and municipal buildings, these new facilities could offer an innovative opportunity for a justice system that is fair and responsive to a diversity of communities. The goal of the Justice in Design study was to show how Justice Hubs can reduce time and resources needed to move individuals to and from courts; provide modern, safe facilities; increase community connection; and create more effective and efficient programming addressing a range of detainee needs that prepare them for life after detention. The Justice Implementation Task Force in Design will use this work to inform jail facility design principles as the city moves towards the creation of the Justice Hubs.


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