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.”
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