Brooklyn judge has cleared the way for the Brooklyn House of Detention
to reopen, also ruling that the city’s plan to double the size of the
jail requires environmental and land-use reviews. The jail, at 275
Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, was not used to house overnight inmates
between June 2003 and November 2008; it was used as an arrival and
departure point for inmates appearing at the adjacent courthouse.
Opponents of the jail said the 2003 closing helped revitalize Downtown
Brooklyn, and sued to block the Correction Department from reopening
and expanding it.
Judge rules Brooklyn House of Detention can reopen