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Failing Rikers

Posted 4/5/24

To the editor:

Mayor Eric Adams should have more doubts than convictions about his policies for the scandal-ridden, violent Rikers Island jail complex. First, the city is legally required to shut Rikers by August 2027, replacing it with four borough facilities designed in a more humane way. Aligned with the correction officers’ union, Adams has not only been critical of the plan, arguing that legislators must create an alternative, but also has shown little interest in reducing the jail population of 6,200 to meet inmate capacity in the replacement jails. 

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