New York mayor says violence-torn jail complex to close

New York mayor says violence-torn jail complex to closeNew York City’s massive Rikers Island jail complex will close in as little as 10 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday, saying falling crime levels had paved the way toward shuttering the troubled facility. The decision by the Democratic mayor follows a 9 percent drop in the city’s overall crime rate over three years, and an even larger drop in the inmate population. “If we can continue on that trajectory, it will allow us to get off Rikers Island,” de Blasio told a City Hall press conference.



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