Mayor Bill de Blasio has ignored rampant jail violence at Rikers Island on his crusade for "equity" reforms.
A group of Democratic state and city officials touring Rikers Island this week described horrific and inhumane conditions. That prompted outgoing Mayor de Blasio to outline a five-point plan to address the renewed concerns about the island jails’ residents. Yet Hizzoner’s plan is too little, too late, its priorities misplaced.
De Blasio is homing in on inmate suicides and unsanitary conditions. Receiving less attention, however, is jail violence, a problem that has only worsened under de Blasio. This, despite his early commitment to improving “jail conditions and inmate outcomes.”
We’ve been told for the last seven years that the way to improve life on Rikers Island (and in the city, more broadly) is to “focus on equity.” That approach has been tried, it has been measured —and it has been found wanting.
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