Council members intro plan to reduce Rikers population by nearly 3,000


A cadre of City Council members on Tuesday introduced several measures aimed at reducing the Rikers Island jail population from where it currently stands at just below 6,000 to 3,300 in order to close the troubled facility by the mandated 2027 deadline.

The city must reduce the island’s population to at least that number as it’ll be the capacity for the four borough-based jails being built to replace Rikers once they’re completed.