On March 22, 2021, the Board's Executive Director Meg Egan, Board Member Robert Cohen, and Deputy Executive Director of Research Emily Turner provided testimony to City Council's Committee on Criminal Justice on BOC's current budget and highlights of the Board's oversight over the past year. Board Chair Jennifer Jones Austin also submitted written testimony. Read ED Egan's statement and Board Member Cohen's statement.
At its March 9 public meeting, the New York City Board of Correction, an independent oversight board for the City’s jail system, formally proposed 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.
On February 22, 2021, the Board of Correction received an emergency variance declaration from the Department of Correction. The Department declares a variance from Minimum Standard 1-16(c)(1)(ii) which prohibits the Department from placing young adults (18-21 year olds) in Enhanced Supervision Housing, a form of restrictive housing. On February 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 2021, the Board received additional emergency declaration from the Department of Correction.
From July 12, 2016 (for 19-21 year olds) to February 21, 2021, the Board granted variances allowing the Department to place young adults in ESH. At the February 2021 BOC public meeting, the Department requested a six-month limited variance renewal. The Board declined to vote on the renewal request, allowing it to lapse.
Minimum Standard 1-15(b)(3) allows the Department to declare an emergency variance for a period of less than 24 hours "when an emergency situations prevents continued compliance with a subdivision or section."
In December 2020, Mayor de Blasio appointed Marco Carrion as a member of the New York City Board of Correction, following his nomination by the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, for the First Judicial Department and the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, for the Second Judicial Division. Mr. Carrion will serve the remainder of a six-year term that will expire on October 13, 2021.