On November 16, 2018, the Board's Executive Director Martha King, Board Member Robert Cohen, and Deputy Executive Director of Research Emily Turner provided testimony to City Council's Committees on Hospitals; Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction; and Criminal Justice on access to health and mental health care in city jails. Read ED King's statement and BOC's summary presentation on scheduled service outcomes (July-December 2017).
On September 6, 2018, the Board's Executive Director Martha King, Board Member Robert Cohen, and Deputy Executive Director of Research Emily Turner provided testimony to City Council's Committee on Criminal Justice, Committee on the Justice System, and the Committee on Women on sexual abuse and harassment in city jails. Read ED King's statement.
On July 9, 2018, the NYC Board of Correction welcomed Jacqueline Sherman as its newest member, by appointment of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Member Sherman has 20 years of experience in city government and nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer at JCCA.
On June 12, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio designated Derrick Cephas as Chair of the Board of Correction. Chair Cephas had previously been Acting Chair of the Board since January 2018, Vice Chair since February 2015, and a Board Member since October 2014.
On April 23, 2018, the Board's Executive Director Martha King, Deputy Executive Director of Research Emily Turner, and Board Members Robert Cohen and Stanley Richards provided testimony to City Council's Committee on Criminal Justice on safety and security in DOC facilities. Read ED King's statement here.
On March 27, 2018, the Board of Correction sent letters to NYS Assembly leaders to express support for legislation A6838 that would allow for the targeted use of body scanners in the NYC jails. The Board writes that, used in partnership with other new initiatives, the body scanners will undoubtedly contribute to a decrease in violence in the City's jails.
On March 15, 2018, the Board's Executive Director Martha King and Board Member Robert Cohen provided testimony to City Council's Committee on Criminal Justice and Sub-Committee on Capital Budget. Read ED King's statement.
On February 20, 2018, BOC staff published two new reports. Each provides new data, findings, and recommendations on areas of concern in the NYC jails. Using data analysis and observations, the Assessment of the Transgender Housing Unit studies the Department of Correction's alternative housing option for transgender women in custody.
The Splashing Report is a start toward establishing a better understanding of splashings and their prevalence in New York City jails, Board of Correction (BOC) staff reviewed all occurrences of splashings reported in 2017. While preliminary, this report represents the most comprehensive public empirical analysis. Splashings are incidents when a person in custody intentionally causes an employee to come into contact with a fluid (ranging from water and milk to bodily fluids as spit and urine).