Mayor de Blasio Agrees To Plan To Close Rikers Island Prison

Mayor de Blasio Agrees To Plan To Close Rikers Island Prison

Mayor de Blasio Agrees To Plan To Close Rikers Island Prison

The population on Rikers Island has fallen 23 percent, a drop largely driven by intentional efforts to reduce the number of people who are sent to jail and how long they spend there.

"Rikers Island is not just physically remote-it is psychologically isolated from the rest of New York City". Fully funding low-income New Yorkers would cost $212 million, which the city has balked at paying for. "I emphasize, this will not happen overnight", he said at a press conference March 31 with Ms. Mark-Viverito and Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte.

"It's really appreciative and thoughtful", said his older brother Akeem Browder, 34.

The plan would start by reducing the population of the island by about half, from roughly 9,700 inmates to 5,000 inmates, by introducing an array of programs to keep offenders out of jail. "We now have a real plan", he said in another statement reported by the New York Times.

Mark-Viverito commissioned a report a year ago on the possibility of closing Rikers.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced support on Monday for a plan to shutter Rikers Island in the next decade but objected to a recommendation aimed at replacing the facility with jails in the city's five boroughs.

When considering the island's current proximity to LaGuardia, transit access limitations and other factors, the city has few other reasonable alternatives, according to the report.

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It looks like that "Close Rikers" plan is a total non-starter, after all: Mayor de Blasio has already rejected one of its core steps.

Another problem is the difficulty families have in getting to Rikers for visits, which further alienates inmates from the outside world. NIMBY considerations "didn't stop me on the homeless shelters because we've obviously announced plans to create 90", he said.

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