New York City Will Close The Notorious Rikers Island Jail

But it will take a decade to shutter the facility, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he backed a plan to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex in 10 years, an effort aimed to end the era of “mass incarceration.”

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The mayor announced the move based on the recommendations of a 97-page report by an independent commission led by by former New York state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.

The commission recommended moving inmates off Rikers Island and into a series of smaller jails across New York City's five boroughs, the New York Times reported.

The mayor on Friday called Rikers Island an “expression of a national problem.”

The mayor on Friday called Rikers Island an "expression of a national problem."

“The mass incarceration era did not begin in New York City, but it’s going to end here,” he tweeted.

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