NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s correction department says it plans to reopen a jail in downtown Brooklyn, but will forego plans to double its size.
Commissioner Dora Schiriro says the agency also will reopen a jail near the Kew Gardens court house in Queens.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
The move is part of a larger reconfiguration of the city’s jail system, expected to be completed by 2017.READ MORE: NYPD: 23-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death During Lower East Side Robbery
With the changes, the city will be able to house 16,500 inmates, less than the current 19,400. But the commissioner says the city’s average daily jail population has steadily declined. There were 21,400 in 1992, compared to 14,000 in recent years.
Other changes include moving a jail barge in the Bronx to Rikers Island and tearing down rundown buildings on the grounds of the Queens facility.MORE NEWS: Parts Of Cross Island Parkway To Close Sunday For LIRR Work Near UBS Arena
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