Rikers Island has been the scene of constant human tragedy over the years, and those stories affect us personally.
However, New Yorkers should also know the awful statistics behind this jail complex.
A fraction of those resources could turn a person’s life around and help build communities in low-income parts of the city.
Source: Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, April 2017
These are people stuck in our jails because they are too poor to make bail. The remaining detainees are serving sentences of less than a year.
Put another way, Rikers admits an average of 211 detainees per day.
Source: New York Times, “What is happening at Rikers Island”
Despite a smaller detainee population and more correction officers, violence continues to plague Rikers.
Source: Source: Comptroller Scott Stringer