Nine years to go? Panelists clash over closing Rikers

An overhead view of Rikers Island
An overhead view of Rikers Island
U.S. Geological Survey
Rikers Island from the air

Nine years to go? Panelists clash over closing Rikers

Live tweeting the explosive debates
March 8, 2018

Is closing Rikers Island a dream, unattainable (or undesirable)? Or is it a political reality, where concrete steps need to be taken by stakeholders to get New York City’s island of jails closed by 2027? Players on all sides of the nuanced debate gave their thoughts at a forum sponsored by City & State and the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association on Thursday morning in Lower Manhattan. I live-tweeted the discussion, covering the comments and documenting the sometimes explosive disagreements.

Participants included New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Director Liz Glazer; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York City Council members Keith Powers, Jumaane Williams, Bob Holden and Joe Borelli; COBA President Elias Husamudeen; and Queens County Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney James Quinn.

 

Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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