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In the U.S. state of new York authorities have decided to close the world’s largest penal colony on Rikers island. Reported by ABC News.
The city Council has announced plans to build instead a complex of four small prisons in the areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. To finish the closing of the Rikers plan to 2026. The speaker of the city Council, Democrat Cory Johnson said that Rikers island is the symbol of cruelty and inhumanity. He called the policy of mass imprisonment a failure and added that the city should do everything possible to make her move.
It is reported that the plan to resettle prisoners from the island will cost $ 8 billion (512,8 billion). The authorities claim that the closure of Rikers contributes to a drastic reduction in the number of inmates and falling levels of crime. In particular, due to the fact that prosecutors began to pay less attention to minor cases of marijuana possession.
Council member Daniel Dromm told about prisoners who died at Rikers. He remembered the Caliph Browder, who committed suicide at the age of 22 after three years on the island, as well as the transgender woman Lalin Polanco. Polanco in June 2018, was found dead in his cell.
In February 2018, the Russian arrested in the US for a series of robberies, the cellmate was beaten to blindness. The woman said that the guards at Rikers saw it, but did nothing. She asked the officer to help her, but she did not intervene.
Since 1930-ies on the island contain prisoners in the ten buildings of the prison complex. In the 80s — 90s years in prison often had a fight with stab wounds, dozens of cases of deaths of prisoners on the island.
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