Monday, March 20, 2017

Gov. Cuomo Calls Rikers Island ‘Intolerable,’ Suggests Wards Island as New Jail Site

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)

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