NY City Council to vote to close Rikers

The plan to close Rikers Island by 2026 and replace it with four smaller, borough-based jails in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens is now in the hands of the New York City Council.

New plans proposed to close down Rikers Island jail

The Independent Commission outlined its report to phase out the facility, but its recommendation to open several smaller jails across the five boroughs isn't sitting well with some local officials and many New Yorkers.