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US New York to close first part of Rikers Island in 2018

20:51  03 january  2018
20:51  03 january  2018 Source:   afp.com

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Rikers Island (/ˈraɪkərz/) is New York City's main jail complex, as well as the name of the 413.17-acre (167.204 ha) island on which it sits, in the East River between Queens and the mainland Bronx

The entrance to Rikers Island, the infamous New York prison which is to shutter one its facilities this year in what Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes will be a first step to its eventual total closure © Provided by AFP The entrance to Rikers Island, the infamous New York prison which is to shutter one its facilities this year in what Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes will be a first step to its eventual total closure

New York is to close the first of nine facilities that make up the notorious prison of Rikers Island this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The Democratic mayor hopes to one day close the entire prison, located on an island in the East River and infamous for its harsh conditions and violence.

Rikers currently houses 8,705 inmates, the lowest number since 1982.

The first Rikers section to close will be the George Motchan detention facility, which houses 600 inmates, the department of corrections said.

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Additionally, MOCJ and the Mayor continue to prioritize the design of and programming within new facilities, yet they are not doing all they can to decarcerate New Women leading the conversation on what’s needed in closing Rikers and what a justice-based approach requires. 🙌🏼 @CloseRosies.

The city will close its first jail on Rikers Island next summer — part of a decade-long plan to shut down the violence-plagued jail complex, officials announced Tuesday. The George Motchan Detention Center, which currently houses nearly 600 men, will be the first of Rikers ' nine jails to shut its doors.

"Every day we are making New York City’s jail system smaller and safer," said the mayor on his Twitter account. "This is an important step in our plan to close Rikers Island and create more community-based facilities to better serve people in custody and our hard-working correctional staff."

Lawyers and criminologists have been calling for the prison's closure for years, citing its age and almost daily violent incidents against both inmates and guards, which are blamed in part on its remoteness, which inhibits family visits to the jail.

A drop in the New York crime rate has led to a corresponding decline in the prison population on the island: the average number of inmates dropped from 11,696 in 2013 to 8,705 on January 1, 2018.

The mayor hopes that the decline will carry on, with the goal of housing just 5,000 prisoners in five years time.

Around 80 percent of the inmates at Rikers are awaiting trial and have not been found guilty of any crime.

Rikers Island is one of the most recognizable of US prison names, together with Sing Sing, located in the village of Ossining in New York state, San Quentin in California and ADX in Colorado, a so-called "supermax" prison nicknamed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies."

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