It’s no secret that the justice system in the United States needs reform. A proposal in New York City aims to address one specific link in the chain: city jails. What if jails were community hubs? How does treating people with dignity improve recidivism rates? And can the design of a space make us behave better? This week’s episode features the Next City article by Catesby Holmes on the now mayor-backed idea of smaller, community-based jails in each of the boroughs.
We are also excited to announce that this episode is the first in a partnership with Next City on a series of conversations about interesting stories found on NextCity.org. Check them out for more in-depth analysis of urban issues and stay tuned for more frequent content from them every month!
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Articles referenced in this episode:
Main article from Next City — New York Has a Chance to Embrace This New Type of Jail Design: https://nextcity.org/features/view/new-york-rikers-closing-prison-design-humane-jail
New Yorker — The Life of a South Central Statistic: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/24/the-life-of-a-south-central-statistic?reload=true
The Atlantic — Why Scandinavian Prisons are Superior: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/09/why-scandinavian-prisons-are-superior/279949/
Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode