By Erin Durkin
The situation at Rikers Island has become “intolerable” and the site must be closed, Gov. Cuomo said — suggesting Wards Island as a possible location for a jail to help replace it.
Cuomo on Sunday said the city should shut down Rikers and build two to three new jails in its place, giving a more specific road map than he has in past calls to abandon the troubled jail complex.
“Rikers Island is one of those long-term injustices and abuses that every New Yorker should be outraged about — every New Yorker,” he told reporters after an unrelated event in the Bronx. “The situation is intolerable.”
Countering Mayor de Blasio’s claim that closing Rikers is a “noble” idea but all but impossible logistically, he said replacing the facility should not be that hard.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)