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Dangerous Rikers inmates could be heading to your part of town.

Rikers Island just keeps getting more dangerous — and now it’s coming to your backyard. Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday unveiled his long-awaited plan to close the troubled jail and open or expand slammers in four boroughs to house the extra inmates. Gov. Cuomo quickly rushed out his own report warning that Rikers has become...
Time: 21:00     Date: 14.02.2018
Metro News: Dangerous Rikers inmates could be heading to your part of town. NY Post 24 - US News

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday unveiled his long-awaited plan to close the troubled jail and open or expand slammers in four boroughs to house the extra inmates.

The city wants to build an entirely new jail on the site of the NYPD’s Bronx tow pound in Mott Haven, reopen the shuttered Queens Detention Center in Kew Gardens and expand still-operating Manhattan and Brooklyn detention centers.

“We can now move ahead with creating a borough-based jail system that’s smaller, safer and fairer,” de Blasio crowed, announcing that he has secured the support of key City Council members for the scheme.

The four sites together will provide space for 5,000 more inmates, even though there are currently 9,000 prisoners on Rikers — but de Blasio claims he can reduce the population in the coming years through bail reform, quicker trials, lowering crime and reducing recidivism.

Staten Island — represented largely by Republican Council members — was notably spared from having to shoulder any of the burden. De Blasio said it’s because very few inmates hail from there.

De Blasio couldn’t offer a timeline — beyond his long-standing pledge to have Rikers closed for good within 10 years — but expects to file paperwork for the new and expanded facilities later this year.

He also couldn’t say how many new beds each site will house, or how much the whole thing will cost — beyond “billions.”

But other local pols — including Bronx Councilmen Ruben Diaz Sr. and Rafael Salamanca — are already pushing back against the plan to bring more inmates to their boroughs.

And jail neighbors of say they’re dreading the scandal-scarred lockup’s problems being outsourced to their neighborhoods.

“A man [on a corrections bus] once shouted some really vulgar language to me and my daughter. It was gross and unnerving,” said Boerum Hill mom Megan Marcy, 34, who lives near the Brooklyn complex.

“If expanding means more of that. I’m definitely not looking forward to it.”

Cuomo’s scathing Commission of Correction report says Rikers has become even more dangerous over the past year — despite de Blasio’s promises to improve thing — with spikes in gang assaults, attacks on staff and contraband being smuggled into the facility.

“The current plan to close Rikers Island jail on a 10-year timeline is wholly unacceptable and repugnant to federal and state constitutional principles,” Cuomo’s Chief Counsel Alphonso David said in a statement.

De Blasio countered by saying that Albany can help speed things up by enacting its own criminal justice reforms, and to remove its own parolees from the city’s system.

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