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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews New York City will close its notorious Rikers Island jail complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a press conference Friday, calling the decision a "historic occasion." "It will take many years. It will take many ...and more »

City panel to suggest closing Rikers Island, replacing it with smaller jails - New York Daily News

A blue-ribbon commission studying the future of Rikers Island will recommend closing the troubled jail and replacing it with several smaller facilities across the city, sources told the Daily News. The 27-member panel, led by former New York State ...and more »

Closing Rikers Island Is a Moral Imperative - New York Times

The time has come to close Rikers Island. New York City's sprawling main jail, located on an island in the East River, is a stain on our great city's reputation. It leaves its mark on everyone it touches: the correction officers working back-to-back ...and more »

Activist Glenn Martin 'Grateful' #CLOSErikers Campaign Was A Success - Huffington Post

Mayor De Blasio announced a 10 year plan to close the notoriously violent New York prison facility Rikers Island on Friday afternoon. The decision comes after a year of aggressive crusading to shut down the prison from the #CLOSErikers campaign, which ...and more »

Mayor de Blasio backs ten-year-plan to remove prisons from Rikers Island - The Architect's Newspaper

Rikers Island could cease to hold inmates in ten years time if a plan, backed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, goes ahead. The penal colony is the largest in the world, housing a daily population of around 10,000 inmates. The mayor and City Council ...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 »

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

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 population down to 5,000 inmates to make it happen. "There is no doubt that the road to Rikers Island's closure will be ...and more »