Exposing County Jails

New York’s county jails are notoriously secretive. Each sheriff makes their own rules, and it’s up to an obscure, understaffed state commission to make sure they follow state law. In 2023, New York Focus obtained hundreds of pages of records on New York’s county jails, outlining policies, violations, failed enforcement, and how the system puts thousands of people’s lives at risk. The result was this first-of-its-kind investigation into county jails throughout the state.