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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:24 PM

Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane.

The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four smaller jails located closer to the city’s main courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026, ending a decadeslong run as one of the world’s largest jails.

“Rikers island is a symbol of brutality and inhumanity and it is time for us to once and for all close Rikers Island,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a Democrat who shepherded the plan through the Council. “As a city we must do everything we can to move away from the failed policies of mass incarceration.”

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By KAREN MATTHEWS
17 minutes ago

Read more: https://apnews.com/6053d86faae64edbb315510e319c5a81

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Reply Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved (Original post)
Eugene Oct 17 OP
docgee Oct 17 #1
Demonaut Oct 17 #2
BigmanPigman Oct 17 #4
lagomorph777 Oct 18 #6
Odoreida Oct 17 #3
JustABozoOnThisBus Oct 18 #8
Odoreida Oct 18 #9
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 17 #5
Odoreida Oct 18 #7

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:01 PM

1. Damn, I was hoping the trump family would be residents.

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Response to docgee (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:54 PM

2. they might be, briefly

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Response to docgee (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 10:58 PM

4. Me too!

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Response to docgee (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 09:48 AM

6. Mar-A-Gitmo won't be closing.

Plenty of available shipping containers there.

Or we could incarcerate the Trump syndicate at Doral. But I think that would violate international conventions on the treatment of prisoners.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:15 PM

3. Let me guess. It's NYC, so ...

... redevelop the island as condos.

Just the sort of thing Trump would do if he weren't president.

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Response to Odoreida (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 04:10 PM

8. Is there a bridge to the island? Or is it only accessible by boat?

A bridge and the demolition would cost a fortune. Maybe turn it into a Halloween destination. Ooh, scary!

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 10:16 PM

9. A bridge and regular city bus service. n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 11:03 PM

5. And why exactly should that closure take

some seven years? What exactly am I missing?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 10:13 AM

7. Something just occurred to me.

After all it isn't the location that makes Riker's so notorious.

What reason do we have to believe the new jails will be "nicer"?

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