On Monday, Oct. 29, AAFE submitted a Public Comment on New York City’s proposed Borough-Based Jail System, which would include a new detention center at 80 Centre St. in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
We are calling on the city administration to withdraw the Scope of Work for the proposed Manhattan Detention Center at 80 Centre St., and to engage our community in a meaningful, collaborative planning process. AAFE supports comprehensive criminal justice reform, including the closure of Riker’s Island. We are prepared to work side-by-side with the city administration, all communities of color and prison reform advocates to create a humane prison system in New York City. However, the administration must work with our community to address serious concerns about the impacts in Chinatown.
Please see below for our complete statement.