DOC Commissioner Says Too Many People In Rikers Island To Close It Down

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For years calls for the closing of New York City’s infamous Rikers Island prison have been deafening, but apparently plans for such action probably won’t go into motion as officials expect the island to get many more inmates in the coming years.

According to the Gothamist, Rikers Island currently houses 5,940 prison inmates and according to Commissioner Louis Molina that number is expected to blow up to 7,000 within two years. Why that matters: in order for Rikers Island to close up shop, the

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