Wall Street Journal

Affordable Housing Coming to Jail Site in the Bronx’s Hunts Point

The old Spofford Juvenile Detention Center was closed in 2011

By KEIKO MORRIS
October 26, 2016

Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said Spofford was modeled on big, centralized detention centers that were rooted in the 19th century, he said. It was part of an era when “detention centers had become a way of punishing people even before they went to court,” Mr. Butts said.

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