Positive And Negative Effects Of Broken Windows Policing

1190 Words 5 Pages
The families of these inmates are not the only ones dealing with the consequences of Rikers Island. There are several financial consequences that the city is facing due to the operation on Rikers Island. Being Rikers Island is an aging facility, the maintenance costs are significant. There is also a transportation cost to the overall corrections system due to the location of Rikers Island. Considering when inmates are transported for court appearances, the corrections department has to budget $31 million each year for transportation costs. The Commission recommends developing five jail facilities, one per each borough, not near residential areas, however near courthouses which would make the means of transportation better for all parties involved …show more content…
As a result, there have been an overwhelming amount of individuals in New York City who have been arrested for minor offenses. As previously stated, most of these individuals cannot afford to make bail in time, so they await their trial in jail. Although the intention is to better the neighborhoods, this strategy of policing has had more negative impact than positive. According to the Communities United for Police Reform organization, the use of broken windows policing (which can be defined as aggressive enforcement of minor non-violent offenses by certain individuals believed to reflect disorder) “has perpetuated the abusive and discriminatory treatment of entire communities” (Communities United for Police Reform, 2012) This is why it is important that the City re-evaluates previous policing strategies and their effects, going …show more content…
This plan is one that is organized to make transformations over the next couple of years. Currently, jails located within New York City only have the capacity to house approximately 2,300 people. Therefore, there is no immediate way to close Rikers Island safely and house the population off-Island (City of New York, 2017.) With that being said, there have been some strategies put in place by Mayor de Blasio, to help move things along the way for smaller, safer, and fairer jail facilities.
Announced back in June of this year, is a three year, $30 million dollar investment for four different strategies which are expected to decrease incarceration rates. First, there will be an investment in an additional $2.3 million per year to expand supervised release. This is an alternative bail program, which will help decrease the amount of people held in jail. Along with what this program already consists of, the increase in funding will also contribute to services for individuals with behavioral health issues (City of New York,

Related Documents