Rikers Island

How should police and prisons work to contain the COVID-19 outbreak?
The shutdown of the jail complex was delayed by a year to 2027.
Rikers Island
The conditions are crowded and unsanitary and the spread inside will eventually get outside.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio announce the closing of Rikers Island.
When the jail closes, use the land to fight climate change, pollution and environmental injustice.
Rafael Salamanca, Jr.
The New York City Councilman talks Amazon, homelessness and jails.
An overhead view of Rikers Island
Borough president wants a site closer to the courthouse.
A corrections officer waits outside a cell inside the Rikers Island jail complex.
Correction officers should not follow youth off of Rikers Island.
Akeem Browder
The mayor and district attorneys oppose a foundation’s plan to spring every woman and minor in NYC jails.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio originally announce the plans to create smaller, borough equitable prison system to replace Rikers in February.
Borough presidents and state lawmakers have raised concerns.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio surrounded by corrections officers during a news conference on Rikers Island in 2015
Debate program might help incarcerated people re-enter society.
Former Judge Jonathan Lippman gives remarks during a press conference.
New York City could reduce the need for bail on its own.