I ran across this by chance and I am glad to see New York City is finally moving to close the truly nightmarish facilities at Rikers Island and replace them with 4 high rise jails, one for each of the large boroughs (Staten Island’s prisoners would go to the Brooklyn facility). The new jails would be near the existing courthouses in each borough.
If they get moving on schedule, Rikers Island could be closed for good by 2026.
It is notable that the United States Bureau of Prisons refused to hand Paul Manafort over to New York jail officials, because he would have been placed in Rikers. Instead, Manafort is being held at the United States Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan until and during his state trial, after which he will be transferred back to his previous federal facility.
When your jails are so ******* barbaric that the Federal Government (which once ran Alcatraz Island) refuses to grant custody of their prisoners to you, you know you jails are ****** up beyond all hope of repair.
I am glad to see this development and will celebrate the day Rikers Island closes for good.