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

20:51  03 january  2018
20:51  03 january  2018 Source:   afp.com

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The city of new york office of the mayor new york , NY 10007. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018 CONTACT NEW YORK —The de Blasio Administration announced today that it will close its first jail on Rikers Island this summer as part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close

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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 to close first part of Rikers Island in 2018 | News News © Provided by AFP The entrance to Rikers Island , the infamous New York prison which is to

The first of nine prison facilities on Rikers Island will close this summer, and more may follow, New York City officials announced Tuesday. The plan to replace Rikers is to build new smaller jails in other boroughs, which is also part of the plan to help with prisoner re-entry and prevent recidivism.

"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.

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