US New York to close first part of Rikers Island in 2018

20:51  03 january  2018
20:51  03 january  2018 Source:   AFP

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The process of shutting down Rikers Island is getting underway. City and Department of Correction officials announced Tuesday that one of the nine jails on Rikers will close this summer as part of a long-term goal to get inmates into facilities closer to home.

New York is to close the first of nine facilities that make up the notorious prison of Rikers Island this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.The

The entrance to Rikers Island, the infamous New York prison which is to shutter one its facilities this year in what Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes will be a first step to its eventual total closure © Provided by AFP The entrance to Rikers Island, the infamous New York prison which is to shutter one its facilities this year in what Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes will be a first step to its eventual total closure

New York is to close the first of nine facilities that make up the notorious prison of Rikers Island this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The Democratic mayor hopes to one day close the entire prison, located on an island in the East River and infamous for its harsh conditions and violence.

Rikers currently houses 8,705 inmates, the lowest number since 1982.

The first Rikers section to close will be the George Motchan detention facility, which houses 600 inmates, the department of corrections said.

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New York . The de Blasio administration took its first major step toward shutting down Rikers Island by announcing the planned closure of one its nine facilities by the summer of 2018 .

"Every day we are making New York City’s jail system smaller and safer," said the mayor on his Twitter account. "This is an important step in our plan to close Rikers Island and create more community-based facilities to better serve people in custody and our hard-working correctional staff."

Lawyers and criminologists have been calling for the prison's closure for years, citing its age and almost daily violent incidents against both inmates and guards, which are blamed in part on its remoteness, which inhibits family visits to the jail.

A drop in the New York crime rate has led to a corresponding decline in the prison population on the island: the average number of inmates dropped from 11,696 in 2013 to 8,705 on January 1, 2018.

The mayor hopes that the decline will carry on, with the goal of housing just 5,000 prisoners in five years time.

Around 80 percent of the inmates at Rikers are awaiting trial and have not been found guilty of any crime.

Rikers Island is one of the most recognizable of US prison names, together with Sing Sing, located in the village of Ossining in New York state, San Quentin in California and ADX in Colorado, a so-called "supermax" prison nicknamed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies."

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