Plan to close New York’s notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved
Friday, 18 October 2019
56 minutes ago NEW YORK — 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. Breaking News: New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex is closing. The City Council approved a sweeping $8 billion plan to replace it with 4 smaller jails by...
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