New York to Close Rikers Island Prison 

New York’s infamous Rikers prison complex will close by 2027, earlier than originally planned, under an agreement reached Wednesday between Mayor Bill de Blasio and city council leaders.

The deal came just hours after the state Commission of Correction released a report that said New York state may have to intervene in the shutdown of the sprawling penitentiary if the city didn’t improve the situation at the island prison. 

Rikers Island, located in the East River between Queens and the Bronx, houses about 9,000 inmates. It continues to be plagued by failures...

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By: VOA - Wednesday, 14 February

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