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City Begins Process to Ban Jails from Rikers Island
City Begins Process to Ban Jails from Rikers Island

Dec. 5, 2019 By Allison Griffin

The City began the land use process Monday to ensure that Rikers Island never houses another inmate again after the facility closes at the end of 2026.

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Department of Correction and the Speaker of the City Council filed a land use application to change Rikers designation on the official city map to a public place, marking the first step in the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP).

The application submitted Monday is solely focused on the mapping of Rikers to change its use from a jail facility to a public place.

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