Chronology of Movement to Shutter Rikers Island: Will the City of New York Close the Jail Complex Before the Anniversary of Kalief Browder’s 24th Birthday on May 23, 2017?

18 Feb Chronology of Movement to Shutter Rikers Island: Will the City of New York Close the Jail Complex Before the Anniversary of Kalief Browder’s 24th Birthday on May 23, 2017?

A recent set of ambitious NY Politicos have proffered that closing Rikers Island makes sense.  Mayor De Blasio dismisses statements by Governor Cuomo, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Board of Correction member Stanley Richards, NC Councilman Daniel Dromm and advocates as “Nobel.” The New York Times assayed the mayor’s willingness to set the goal of closing Rikers: “somewhere on the spectrum between a hassle-free subway ride and world peace.”

Review the recent statements for and against the shuttering of the notoriously corrupt, violent island jail complex in JAC’s TIMELINE: