NYC to Propose Banning Construction of New Jails on Rikers Island
BY GLORIA PAZMINO | OCT. 09, 2019
The land Rikers Island was built on may never again house a new jail.
Ahead of a vote this month on the approval of a plan to close Rikers, the City Council will submit a new proposal to ban the future construction of new jails on the facility’s land and ban the existence of the current jail facility, the city confirmed to NY1 on Wednesday afternoon.
“We know that it’s legally binding and enough to ensure that we will not see another jail on Rikers Island,” said Donna Hylton, senior justice advisor for the Katal Center for Health Equity and Justice.