Oct. 11, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
The City Council, backed by the mayor, took action yesterday to make sure that Rikers Island will be shut permanently.
The council is expected to file an application with Dept. of City Planning to remap Rikers Island so that it can no longer be used as a prison after 2026. The council’s Land Use Committee passed a resolution yesterday authorizing the City Council to move forward with the application.
Mayor Bill de Blasio lauded the move and said that the change would make sure that his policy to shut the infamous island prison down would be iron-clad. The resolution is part of the mayor’s plan to shut down Rikers Island and replace it with four borough-based jails by 2026.