The city is hoping to use the new jails as a way to transition into what it calls “safer and fairer” facilities, according to the release. With the construction of these jails, the city will also close its Rikers Island correctional facility.
The new jails are a large part of the city’s 2019 criminal justice reform plan. By relying on GMP contracts, the city will be protected from cost overruns, said Thomas Foley, DDC public buildings deputy commissioner. Foley said that the DDC reached out to industry partners to understand what would be the best way to get the most participation by highly qualified firms.