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Plan to close New York’s notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

WorldNews Friday, 18 October 2019
Plan to close New York’s notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved56 minutes ago NEW YORKNew York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four smaller jails located closer to the city’s main courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026, ending a decadeslong run as one of the world’s largest jails. Breaking News: New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex is closing. The City Council approved a sweeping $8 billion plan to replace it with 4 smaller jails by...
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The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city&apos;s infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities, as the nation rethinks mass incarceration. Ryan Brooks reports.

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