Jay-Z & John Legend Praise News Of Rikers Island Closing Down

Jay-Z & John Legend Praise News Of Rikers Island Closing Down

Jay-Z & John Legend Praise News Of Rikers Island Closing Down

"This report has only served as yet another convenient avenue for the mayor and the other politicians to kick the can down the road", Husamudeen said, adding that the city should spend money on making Rikers Island a safer, 21st century facility. "After decades of having a system that what it wants to do is strip away the dignity of individuals, we're trying to put some humanity back". In the wake of protests, and a number of publicized incidents of violence and mistreatment used on inmates, the facility that opened in 1932 has numbered days. It says uses of force at facilities housing its youngest inmates are the lowest they've been in years. The jail has always been a symbol for the inherent problems within the criminal justice system, not only in NY but in the country as a whole.

"It is now the policy of the city to close Rikers down formally".

The panel, led by former chief judge Jonathan Lippman, said the majority of the cost will go to building state-of-the art jails near courthouses in all five boroughs.

In the report released Sunday, commissioners called Rikers Island a "stain on our great city that leaves its mark on everyone it touches", including inmates, corrections staff, attorneys and the taxpayers who "devote billions of dollars each year to keep the whole dysfunctional apparatus running". "Each of the facilities would have varying capacities proportional to the population held from each Borough". That's just over 3 percent of the total population.

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The officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive, but noted that it is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators.

Staten Island Boro President James Oddo also staunchly opposes a jail on his home turf. The overall population in the jail system would be reduced from 9,700 to 5,000, as the mentally ill and drug-addicted are to be diverted to other programs.

A new bill in Congress aims to ensure that those incarcerated do not suffer similar mental health challenges as Bronx teenager Kalief Browder, who was never convicted of a crime and ultimately killed himself after his release from three years at Rikers Island.

Public land along Arthur Kill Road in Rossville and at the Teleport in Bloomfield were included in a presentation made to First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris called "Alternatives for Rikers Island". "It didn't begin here in New York City but it will end here in New York City". "Which communities throughout the five boroughs will now be forced to house a city jail?" The Council typically defers to the local member in matters of land use.

However, de Blasio got what he wanted - progressives applauded his Rikers plan.

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