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Project September 13, 2022

Halfway House Accountability in New York

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Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn
The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, looking west across 29th Street. Image by Jim Henderson / Wikipedia. United States, 2008.

Federal halfway houses are a critical but consistently overlooked part of the American criminal justice system. Each year, these facilities house and surveil thousands of people nationwide during the last months of their federal prison sentences.

Yet with private contractors running the bulk of halfway houses, many criminal justice experts, advocates, and federal officials have voiced concerns about scarce government oversight of what happens in these facilities. This project reports on such issues through the story of Michael Tedder, who mistakenly was sent back to federal prison in 2018 from a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York.

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