NYC Officials Defend Progress on Closing Rikers Jail

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Facing pressure from New York City Council members, city officials defended their progress toward closing the Rikers Island jail complex, saying doing so isn’t merely a question of real estate but requires a sea change in how the criminal-justice system functions, the Wall Street Journal reports. “While ‘Close Rikers’ has become a convenient moniker, it masks the seismic system change that . . .

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