Rikers Island to close, New York mayor says

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday vowed to close the Rikers Island jail complex.

“It will take many years,” the mayor said at a news conference. “It will take many tough decisions along the way. But it will happen.”

De Blasio set a timeline of 10 years to reduce the overall jail population in the city, which he said would allow for a “complete departure of all inmates from Rikers Island.”

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