Feb. 15, 2018 By Tara Law
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced plans yesterday to move 5,000 Rikers Island inmates to four community jail facilities, including the former Queens Detention Center in Kew Gardens.
The center, located at 126-01 82nd Ave. was closed in 2002 in response to budget cuts and a shrinking inmate population. Rikers detainees will also be moved to existing centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn and to a new jail opening in the Bronx.
The announcement was timed with yesterday’s release of a critical report by New York State’s Commission of Correction, which said that violence at the Rikers rose during the last year. The news also comes days after inmates brutally attacked a Rikers corrections officer.