If you think the de Blasio administration hasn’t already made up its mind on whether or not to close Rikers Island and open four new community-based jails, this job posting on Indeed might give you a clue on how they see the issue moving forward.
The city is already looking to fill the position of Director of the Borough Based Jail System, a job that will pay upwards of $100K a year.
But we thought the administration was still gathering community input and feedback on the plan as the proposal makes its way through the Uniform Land Use Review Process, or ULURP for all you land use wonks out there?
Technically, the “Borough Based Jail System” isn’t even a thing yet. In fact, it’s been met with a lot of opposition at the local community board level, although many criminal justice reform advocates are on board with the idea.
We get being prepared and ready to go should the proposal be approved, but this just shows that as far as the de Blasio administration is concerned, this is a done deal.
Looks like all of those meetings (many of them invite-only and closed to the press...how’s that for transparency!) and hearings were all just a dog-and-pony show.
On the plus side, the de Blasio administration just created one new job, potentially lowering the city’s unemployment rate.