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“Today’s announcement from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) is a reminder of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lack of accountability to and engagement of impacted communities. In leading up to this announcement about borough-based facilities, MOCJ has also refused to increase transparency around his appointed Justice Implementation Task Force which includes advocates partnered with the #CLOSErikers campaign; this has undermined the integrity of that Task Force and of MOCJ’s process to shut down Rikers. Additionally, MOCJ and the Mayor continue to prioritize the design of and programming within new facilities, yet they are not doing all they can to decarcerate New York City.
“The de Blasio Administration’s ‘plan’ to decarcerate to 5,000 people in order to close Rikers facilities by 2027 makes it clear that the Mayor remains uninterested in closure in less than 10 years. This is wholly unacceptable given that there is an achievable faster route to close Rikers, and that the longer it stays open, […]