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The jail barge opened when New York City’s inmate population was surging. But with jails emptying, pressure is growing to close it.The jail barge opened when New York City’s inmate population was surging. But with jails emptying, pressure is growing to close it.

“We promised to close Rikers Island — and we’re partnering with @NYCSpeakerCoJo and the @NYCCouncil to make that commitment iron clad. The era of mass incarceration didn’t begin in New York City — but it will end here. https://t.co/TymFyHO2xV”

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter: "We promised to close Rikers Island — and we’re partnering with @NYCSpeakerCoJo and the @NYCCouncil to make that commitment iron clad. The era of mass incarceration didn’t begin in New York City — but it will end here. https://t.co/TymFyHO2xV"

“The proposal comes after criticism of the plan to close Rikers has increased, mainly from groups that oppose the building of jails anywhere in the city. Last week, @AOC pointed out that the plan lacked a legal requirement to close the facility. https://t.co/4W00LELWzX”

Gloria Pazmino on Twitter: "The proposal comes after criticism of the plan to close Rikers has increased, mainly from groups that oppose the building of jails anywhere in the city. Last week, @AOC pointed out that the plan lacked a legal requirement to close the facility. https://t.co/4W00LELWzX"

“Inbox: @BobHoldenNYC proposes replacing jails on Rikers Island with modern facilities on the same spot. The plan suggests using ferries to transport detainees to court.”

Reuven Blau on Twitter: "Inbox: @BobHoldenNYC proposes replacing jails on Rikers Island with modern facilities on the same spot. The plan suggests using ferries to transport detainees to court.… https://t.co/qvWHXY9bXp"

“A short thread about jail and books: Earlier this year, I started visiting a writing workshop on Rikers Island with The Kite, a program that brings writing and storytelling workshops to Rikers and juvenile justice facilities in New York City...”

Jessica Lustig on Twitter: "A short thread about jail and books: Earlier this year, I started visiting a writing workshop on Rikers Island with The Kite, a program that brings writing and storytelling workshops to Rikers and juvenile justice facilities in New York City..."

As the plan to replace the jail on Rikers Island works its way through the land use review system, protests are building around the new towers.As the plan to replace the jail on Rikers Island works its way through the land use review system, protests are building around the new towers.

As the Rikers Island replacement plan moves forward, activists and architects look for alternatives - Archpaper.com

When I was a teenager in Brooklyn in the 1970s, Rikers Island (for adults) and Spofford (for kids) were New York’s two scary jail facilities with brutal legacies. Thankfully, Spofford was closed by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services in 2011 while I was New York City probation commissioner, replaced by two facilities that, while not perfect, have dramatically improved conditions for the young people held in them.When I was a teenager in Brooklyn in the 1970s, Rikers Island (for adults) and Spofford (for kids) were New York’s two scary jail facilities with brutal legacies. Thankfully, Spofford was closed by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services in 2011 while I was New York City probation commissioner, replaced by two facilities that, while not perfect, have dramatically improved conditions for the young people held in them.

Why close Rikers? An insider’s view - New York Daily News

Oct 9, 2019 By Shane O'Brien A number of immigration organizations and some elected officials are holding three days of rallies across Queens and BrooklynOct 9, 2019 By Shane O'Brien A number of immigration organizations and some elected officials are holding three days of rallies across Queens and Brooklyn

Shut Down Rikers Island--And Don't Build New Jails--Immigrant Groups Say | Jackson Heights Post

The plan to close Rikers is up for a vote later this month. The plan to close Rikers is up for a vote later this month.

Sources: NYC to Propose No New Jails on Rikers Island