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STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLANS TO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND

March 31, 2017

Today’s announcement is a momentous development that will have profound implications for our City and, I believe, our country. For too long, the conditions at Rikers Island have been far beneath the dignity of our City. It has epitomized a broken criminal justice model that allows untold numbers of people to languish while awaiting trial with little or no access to essential services and programs that prevent recidivism. By committing to close this facility, we are acting in line with our values and moving New York in the direction of greater fairness and justice. I commend everybody involved for this courageous move and I look forward to supporting its implementation over the next ten years.

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