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Mayor Backs Plan to Close Rikers and Open Jails Elsewhere - New York Times

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed on Friday to close the troubled jail complex on Rikers Island, which has spawned federal investigations, brought waves of protests and became a byword for brutality, in a move he said was intended to end an era of mass ...and more »

New York City is officially closing the infamously troubled Rikers Island jail - Vox

After years of abhorrent conditions and abuses, New York City is finally shutting down the notoriously troubled Rikers Island jail. “New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year. “It will take many ...and more »

De Blasio Announces Plan To Close Rikers Island - Gothamist

Mayor de Blasio is on board with a soon-to-be-released plan to close Rikers Island, he announced at a City Hall press conference this afternoon. The New York Times obtained a draft of the plan drawn up by an independent commission, headed by retired ...and more »

Mayor de Blasio vows to close Rikers Island: 'It will happen' - New York Daily News

Mayor de Blasio, in a sudden announcement soaring with optimism but short on specifics, insisted Friday that the city will close Rikers Island. “It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions along the way, but it will happen,” de Blasio ...and more »

Rikers Island Could Be Closed And Replaced With Smaller Jails Around New York City - NPR

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to close the city's notorious Rikers Island jail. But even he acknowledges that the process will not be quick or easy. "It will take many years," de Blasio said at a news conference today at City Hall. "It will take ...and more »

This Is the Report That Spurred De Blasio to Close Rikers - DNAinfo

NEW YORK CITY — For more than a year, dozens of city officials, academics, politicians, former judges and advocates have studied the conditions at Rikers Island Jail, the penal colony that's been called "disgusting" and "inhumane" by everyone from Gov ...and more »

Mayor Pledges to Close Rikers Island in 10 Years, Reduce Jail Population - DNAinfo

de Blasio announced on Friday that the city plans to close Rikers Island in 10 years. View Full Caption. DNAinfo/Jeff Mays. EAST ELMHURST — Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged on Friday to close Rikers Island in 10 years and set a goal to get the city's jail ...and more »

New York City will close one of the most notorious jails in the US - Business Insider

nyc rivers island jail The eastern section of Rikers Island jail complex in the Queens borough of New York in 2011. Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews New York City will close its notorious Rikers Island jail complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a ...and more »

De Blasio Pulled to Rikers Closure by Mark-Viverito, Activists - Gotham Gazette

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he is putting into motion a planning process to close the jails on Rikers Island. The mayor, a first-term Democrat up for re-election this fall, was pulled somewhat begrudgingly to the politically- and ...and more »

They're Finally Going To Close Rikers Island, America's Monument To Jail Cruelty - Huffington Post

Rikers Island, the gigantic island of incarceration in New York City that serves as an embarrassing emblem of violence, cruelty and neglect in the American jail system, is finally on its way to shutting down for good. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed ...and more »