Mayor de Blasio says NYC will close Rikers Island
The mayor's office has officially announced plans to shut down Rikers Island.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the process will take at least a decade since the facility currently houses around 10,000 people. He says that number needs to drop to 5,000 to make the plan a reality.
The mayor also says the city will need to work with state and city council, courts and prosecutors to make that possible and to move people in and out of jail more effectively and to reduce crime.
Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, released a state in support of the movement saying in part, "Closing Rikers Island is a laudable and valuable mission."