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31 years later, ‘temporary’ jail boat will slam shut

Posted 9/22/23

The sky-blue and white barge anchored off Hunts Point in the fall of 1992 following its maiden voyage from a Louisiana shipyard. Its stay was supposed to be temporary. 

But it would soon earn a designation as the world’s largest prison ship. For three decades, the 625-foot-long, 47,326-ton Vernon C. Bain Center has mostly housed male adults. 

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