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De Blasio Blames Everyone but Himself for Rikers Island Debacle

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De Blasio Blames Everyone but Himself for Rikers Island Debacle

New York Post October 24, 2021
Policing & Public SafetyAll

Mayor Bill de Blasio has nobody to blame for the crisis at Rikers Island but himself.

Friday, The Post ran exclusive photos from inside Rikers Island’s Otis Bantum jailhouse over the summer. They are horrific: dozens of men lying head-to-foot on the floor. Inmates napping near open toilets. Visiting the jail in September, Mayor de Blasio opted not to go in. Still, he said, “the whole thing upsets me.” 

Why? The overcrowding was planned. 

When confronted with Rikers, the mayor blames everyone and everything but himself. He blames his predecessors. “When I came into office, there were immense problems here,” he said last month. He blames COVID: “a massive, massive challenge.” 

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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