In 2013, members of the public petitioned the New York City Board of Correction (the Board or BOC) to initiate rulemaking in many areas related to conditions in the NYC jails. Throughout the rulemaking process, the Board recognized the unique needs of young adults in jail and ultimately passed rules that reflected the need for a distinct approach to managing this population. The Board approved rules in 2014 which require the Department of Correction house young adults separately and apart from adolescents and adults and provide age-appropriate programming to these young people (the initial rule has since been amended by Board variance).
This FAQ provides background on the NYC jail system’s implementation of the Board’s rule requiring a new, specialized approach to the treatment of young adults in custody.
Young Adult Plan
Punitive Segregation & Alternatives
Correction Officer Training
Access to Health
Young Adult Housing & Restrictive Housing Timelines
Helpful Resources / Further Readings