At its March 9 public meeting, the New York City Board of Correction, an independent oversight board for the City's jail system, will formally propose rules to end solitary confinement in the City's jails and replace it with a more humane model for responding to violence. The new alternative disciplinary model, the Risk Management Accountability System (RMAS), prioritizes safety, accountability, support and transparency.
RMAS is a three-level progression model that separates people from general population in response to violence and holds them accountable through a swift, certain, and fair, process. RMAS aims to ensure that people will be provided with the support they need to successfully reenter general population and, eventually, their communities.
The Board's proposal begins a public comment process that will seek feedback from people with lived experience, families, staff, advocates, and other experts. After the public comment period, the Board will make changes to the proposal and vote on a final rule in the spring.
The Board's rulemaking process follows the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) and includes the following steps:
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The Board will accept written comments until the close of business on April 16, 2021. You may send written comments by mail (1 Centre St. Rm 2213, NY NY 10007), email (email@example.com), fax (212-669-7980), or via the NYC Rules website.
During and after the public comment period, there will be opportunity to make further amendments to the rules, as necessary.