Thursday, March 19, 2009

Judge: Brooklyn House of Detention Can Reopen

Despite much public opposition, Kings County Supreme Court Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix ruled Wednesday that the city’s Department of Correction may go forward with its plan to "fully utilize" the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue without going through environmental and land use reviews, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

This doesn't apply to the planned super-sizing of the jail, however. The city would still have to go through the necessary reviews if it hopes to expand the Big House.

But it does mean that the city can restore the jail to its full operating capacity of 759 inmates.

Last month City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., announced the rejection of a contract submitted by the Department of Design and Construction for construction related to expanding the jail.

Judge Reopens Jail Doors Brooklyn Eagle

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- Brooklyn House of Detention, Now With Retail
- Goodbye Supersized, Butt Ugly Brooklyn House of Detention Condos, Hello Bigger Jail
- Brooklyn House of Detention Forum Thursday -- Commissioner Horn Will Answer All Your Questions
- House of Detention Site May Be 'Most Valuable Square Block in Downtown Brooklyn'
- Brooklyn House of Detention Could Get 'Super-sized'

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