(TIML NEWS) After years of petitioning and fighting for the closure of New York City’s infamous Rikers Island, the jail facility might finally close its doors in the near future. According to the New York Times, officials convened on Friday morning (March 31) to present an effective plan that’ll back Rikers’ termination, which reportedly received support from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The goals and recommendations were outlined in a 97-page report, and called for inmates to be transferred to “borough-based jails.” The closure of the longstanding complex — which holds around 10,000 people — will span across the next 10 years. Although the city will minimize its usage of Rikers for the next decade, new jails will be placed across New York City to house inmates. As noted by the NYT, de Blasio was opposed to shutting down the system because of the attached price tag that it would cost to make this initiative become a reality.
“The problem is, it would cost many billions of dollars, and I have to look out for what’s feasible and I have to look out for the taxpayer,” he initially said. Those involved with the task force behind closing down Rikers hope this will prompt the city to take an Internal look at the injustices and corruption that plagued the jail’s inmates and correctional officers.