The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) established a new facility—announced during the fall of 2015 and opened months later—to house 18-21-year-olds at Rikers Island. The jail is the first in the country to create separate housing for these young adults, who are cognitively different from both their younger and older counterparts, and thus require unique programming responses.

Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) is partnering with DOC to study the best ways to implement this separation while reducing violence through programming and support—both for the young people in the jail and the people who supervise them. CYJ will produce several reports and publications throughout the duration of the three-year project, which will continue to provide support for DOC best practices and policies concerning young adults.

The project is being conducted with funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

Project Objectives

  • To study the effects of, and best practices for, placing 18-to-21 year olds in separate housing at Rikers Island.