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Rikers Island Closure Depends on City Council NIMBYs, Mayor Says

(DNAINFO)  Gwynn Hogan | June 22, 2017 — A plan to close Rikers Island unveiled Thursday won’t happen without the support of local city council members willing to clear the way for local jails in their districts, the mayor said on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer’s show.

The 85-year-old jail has been plagued by concerns for inmate mistreatment and deaths, security issues and mismanagement, won’t close without new satellite jails, Mayor Bill de Blasio, said Thursday morning.

While de Blasio’s ten-year-plan included a combination of criminal justice reforms to drive down the city’s inmate population by making it easier to pay bail, investing more in mental health programs and decreasing crime rates, details of the satellite jails are conspicuously absent.

Source: Rikers Island Closure Depends on City Council NIMBYs, Mayor Says – East Williamsburg – DNAinfo New York