Golden: De Blasio's Rikers closure plan could handcuff city

Shuttering Island

Shuttering Island

Husamudeen said the report - applauded by inmate advocates - merely gives Mayor de Blasio political cover in an election year as violence in city jails continues to get worse.

The average daily population of jail inmates arraigned on Staten Island was 315 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, according to the Department of Correction. "We know that very few of our inmates come from Staten Island".

"I don't start with any assumptions about what additional facilities would look like and where they would be", he said on Wednesday.

Plans for Rikers Island were revealed Sunday after Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to close the jail facility Friday.

Hizzoner said Monday he still hadn't read the report, even though it had been out for days.

"Because if it's just a civil penalty, I think it might impede our ability to identify the people involved in it and. move forward with the investigation".

India, Malaysia reaffirm strategic cooperation, to boost economic ties
Modi also said that educational exchanges between India and Malaysia are strong promoters of people-to-people contacts. Another reason for India to look at closer ties with Malaysia is the fact that it is seen as a moderate Muslim nation.

The point at which the new jails would be needed, he said, would be when the jail population hit 7,000. Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, studying the jail complex.

The commission's yearlong examination of problems at Rikers laid the groundwork for de Blasio's announcement Friday that the city would seek to close the embattled correctional facility, now home to about 7,000 inmates.

However, de Blasio got what he wanted - progressives applauded his Rikers plan. Jails not on Rikers Island hold a total of 2,400 inmates.

Judge Jonathan Lippman, chairman of the commission, said that in studying how to fixNew York's justice system, members of the panel realized it can not be done without closing Rikers.

"Given the potential small size of any proposed jail required to address the local need, pursuing the siting of a jail in our borough is simply inconsistent with the administration's stated views", Oddo said. De Blasio said the jail population would have to be at 5,000 in order to shut it.

The commission offers a number of proposals to help cut the Rikers population in half, including an overhaul of the bail bonds process; investing in neighborhood crime prevention strategies; alternative sentencing for low-level offenses; job training and employment opportunities for people leaving jail; improved mental health access and treatment; and raising the city's age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.

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