In the city’s effort to close Rikers Island for good, jails in each borough (except Staten Island) were proposed with an expected maximum capacity of 1,437. AMNY reported that now the number is lower than expected, with the total beds topping out at 1,150.
While at a recent hearing at John Jay’s midtown campus, proponents lauded the effort to close the infamously rough prison by 2026, those who railed against the idea of individual jails took specific issue with the proposed Bronx jail.
The opposition was fierce. One community leader swore that if the facility were to be built on the 141st Street Tow Pound as promised, there would be zero support from the surrounding Diego Beekman/Mott Haven community.
Most opponents dislike the fact that the location in Mott Haven was previously allocated for a housing development and now it’s turning into an incarceration facility. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. spoke at the hearing and issued a press release denouncing the proposed location.