Close Rikers In Under 10 Years? It Can Be Done

After speaking with experts about possible solutions, the Voice believes the "de-facto penal colony" could be closed in five years

In March, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that “New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility” in ten years, well after his potential second term. Presenting his 2018 executive budget a month later, he repeated his commitment to a decade-long timetable: “I don’t think we can go faster. If we found a way, we would love to.”