“There have been calls in the past to close or rehabilitate Rikers Island, the city’s infamous jail complex. None have succeeded.
That doesn’t mean that activists have stopped pressing. After City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s State of the City address discussed the possibility of closing Rikers, some see a small window of potential.
At Mass Story: Rikers Island, an event held Wednesday at the New School, New Yorkers talked about their experiences with the criminal justice system and their hopes that those stories could encourage action.”