Wednesday, January 3, 2018
One of the Rikers jails slated for closure
Before the summer is over, one of the nine jail facilities on Rikers Island will be shut down.
That was the announcement on Tuesday from the Bill de Blasio Administration, which said that the move is the first step in a larger process of completely closing Rikers by 2027.
The announcement raised questions about the overall shutdown process, and also sparked criticism by the correction officers' union of City Hall's motives.
"Nobody's being realistic in talking about how they're actually going to shut the jails down," said Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, or COBA, the correction officers' union.
In fact, Husamudeen said, relocating the facility's 580 inmates to other facilities on the 400-acre island will crowd cells and halls at those other facilities, making overall conditions less safe.