City Council votes to close Rikers Island jail complex

AmNews Staff Reports | 10/18/2019, 9:14 a.m.
New York City lawmakers voted to close the jail complex on Rikers Island Thursday through the approval of new zoning ...
Rikers Islands, New York.

New York City lawmakers voted to close the jail complex on Rikers Island Thursday through the approval of new zoning legislation.

The City Council approved a plan to shutter the complex on Rikers by 2026 and replace it with four smaller jails located closer to the city's main courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

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