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Rosies Center

Women & Gender-Expansive People at Rosie’s

  • Make up 4% of Rikers population (all time low of 142 in March 2020)
  • Majority are Black women. Manhattan is where highest # charged.
  • Property crimes are the most common category of charges.
  • 77% are domestic violence survivors, 86% have mental health concerns, 33% lack stable housing.

City's Plan = Rikers 2.0 for Women

The city’s plan replaces Rosie’s with a facility in Kew Gardens, Queens that replicates harmful conditions at Rikers. 

  • Manhattan is where the greatest number of those at Rosie’s are charged. Families located there would face long commutes & multiple public transportation transfers to visit loved ones in Kew Gardens.
  • Rosie’s was ranked as the 12th worst jail in the nation for sexual assault. The Queens facility is connected to the men’s building and lacks dedicated gender-responsive and trauma-informed staff for women.

Vision: Women's Center for Justice

  • Operated by a nonprofit “reentry upon entry” model focused on trauma-informed care, family unification and skills building. Perimeter secured by city Department of Corrections.
  • Replacing cells with pods and creating spaces for child-friendly visitation and programs.

This is the #BEYONDrosies citywide petition. If you are a resident of Harlem, please also sign the Harlem Justice Center for Women petition.

Dear Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams,

The women and gender-expansive people at the Rose M. Singer (Rosie’s) jail on Rikers Island have often been treated as an afterthought. Under the borough-based jail plan, they would be relocated to a new Kew Gardens, Queens facility that is connected to a men’s building and won't open until 2027.

In October, Governor Hochul and the city started moving women and gender-expansive people to state prison in Westchester to address the humanitarian crisis at Rikers. Four months later they are returning to Rosie’s without any progress towards a better solution.

These mothers, daughters and sisters deserve a coordinated plan for decarceration, and a more readily available, centrally located, standalone facility for those who remain. Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, head of the Rikers Commission, has endorsed a plan for the state to transfer closed prisons in Manhattan to the city for women and gender-expansive people.

Lincoln Correctional Facility can be transformed into a Women’s Center for Justice, a secure facility operated by nonprofits using a "reentry upon entry" model of trauma-informed care and skills building. Manhattan is where the greatest number of women and gender-expansive people are charged, and locating the facility there would keep them connected to their families and communities.

As governor and mayor, you can address the crisis at Rikers and improve safety and justice by coordinating the transfer of a Manhattan site for the women and gender-expansive people at Rosie's.

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