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New York - NYC To Move Teens Off Troubled Rikers Island Jail Complex

Published on: July 21, 2016 06:30 PM
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FILE - A car exits the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid FILE - A car exits the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York - New York City officials say 16- and 17-year-old inmates will be moved off the troubled Rikers Island jail complex and into a Bronx youth facility.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) announced the $300 million, four-year plan Thursday. It’s subject to land use, planning and community approval.

New York and North Carolina are the only two states that automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Legislative efforts to raise the age of criminal responsibility statewide have failed.

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Almost all the 188 teens held on Rikers are awaiting trial. That’s down from 337 in 2013.

Federal prosecutors have urged that the teens be moved off Rikers since a 2014 investigation found they were routinely abused.

De Blasio says age-appropriate housing will help teens return to the right path.



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 Jul 22, 2016 at 10:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Almost all the 188 teens held on Rikers are awaiting trial"" --- and possibly innocent

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