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New York City To Close Riker's Island Within The Next Decade
New York City To Close Riker's Island Within The Next Decade
Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Rikers Island To Close In The Next 10 Years

New York City To Close Riker's Island Within The Next Decade Photo of Rikers Island courtesy of Twitter.

Rikers Island, one of the most notorious New York City jails ever, is on its way to being obsolete. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the closing of Rikers Island on Friday, March 31 st during a press conference.

Anindependentcommissionhas spent the last year studying Rikers Island's many many issues. Now, according to the New York Post, the 27-person panel, lead byNew York State Chief JudgeJonathan Lippman, recommended closing Riker's Island.

The plan called for a replacement of the infamous jail with a series of jails that will be spread throughout the five boroughs. The recommendationwill also come up with a plan which will allow alarge portionof inmates to return to society under supervised release.

The plan was to share this conclusion with Mayor Bill De Blasio and City Hall on Sunday, but the Mayor made his announcement two days early.

Rikers Island has been known as a disaster for years, with high levels of violence,corruptionand terrible conditions for its population of 10,000 prisoners. Eighty percent of prisoners on the Island are awaiting trial.

Kalief Browderwas 16 when he wascharged with stealing a backpack he did not in fact steal. Browder never went to trial, but he spent three years on Rikers Island, with two of those years spent in solitaryconfinement.

It was a traumatizing experience, which led to Browderkilling himself in June 2015. After the news was announced,Jay Z,who produceda six-part documentary about Browder called Time: The Kalief Browder Story,sent out this tweet:

John Legend, who has done a lot of important social justice work, also sent out his support of the news:

Also sending their support was Russell Simmons and Questlove.

H/T: New York Post