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BREAKING: Restraining Order on Brooklyn House of Detention

November 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

A Judge has issued a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the reopening of the Brooklyn House of Detention. A statement from State Sen.-Elect Daniel Squadron says: “I commend the Department of Corrections for agreeing to halt the proposed expansion of the House of Detention pending further conversation with the community.  I hope it is a sign that a new day of community input has dawned, and that we can make progress together toward replacing the jail with the affordable housing and middle school we so desperately need on this site.”

Tags: Downtown Brooklyn

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pete // Nov 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Had better hopes for Squadron but see even before he takes office will pander the noisemakers.
    Yeah – great place for a middle school Dan –
    One side is race strip called Atlantic Avenue – another side boulevard to Brooklyn Bridge . Real safe wide streets to cross to get to school.
    And then on 3rd side is Criminal Court building (which of course why great location for HOD and stupid place for a midde school).

  • 2 MICHAEL // Nov 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Great job Squadron!! It looks like the Pro Jail Nazi lost his job yesterday, so sorry that you’ll be leaving the neighberhood, actually I am not. Good Ridens!!

  • 3 Janice // Nov 21, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Couldn’t agree more with Pete’s comments – including disappointment that this is Squadron’s first foray into community issues. This is a very reasonable location for a jail; as has been noted by many long-term local residents, it’s had minimal negative impact on local community, all of which could be mitigated by an intelligent development plan.