Chairman Crowley Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island

June 22, 2017
Press Release

(Queens, NY) – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of “Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island”: 

“For far too long, both inmates and corrections officers at Rikers Island have lived through an untenable situation. Shutting down this outdated facility in favor of smaller, more modern and humane facilities is a complex endeavor but the absolute right thing to do. The process will be long and difficult, but I applaud Mayor de Blasio for putting forth a sensible roadmap that will get us there. It is heartening to see a groundswell of support both in government and in our communities for achieving this long-sought goal and I look forward to working with the City on ways to better deal with our inmate population not just in the long-term but in the short term – as we continue efforts to address mental health issues, disciplinary issues, and engagement between officers and inmates.”