Greater than 200 individuals at the moment detained in Rikers Island’s infamous girls’s facility might be transferred to state-run prisons in Westchester County, the newest effort geared toward decreasing the inhabitants on the crisis-ridden jail.
Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced the joint state-and-city settlement on Wednesday to maneuver “nearly all of women- and trans-identified individuals” off the island starting subsequent week.
A complete of 230 detainees held on Rikers Island’s Rose M. Singer Middle might be transferred to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and the Taconic Correctional Facility, roughly 40 miles north of New York Metropolis.
The transfer might be short-term, based on Hochul, and can “help ease staffing concerns, capacity restraints, and improve safety for several hundred detainees.” It is unclear if the Rose M. Singer Middle will reopen.
These held inside the ladies’s jail have lengthy reported filthy circumstances, a scarcity of medical sources, and pervasive abuse by the hands of guards. In 2017, town settled a $1.2 million lawsuit introduced by two girls who stated they had been repeatedly raped and abused by correction officers on the jail, referred to as Rosie’s.
In an announcement, the Women’s Neighborhood Justice Affiliation, which has led the marketing campaign to shutter the ladies’s jail, praised the choice, whereas calling on town to expedite the discharge of feminine detainees who can serve alternate options to incarceration.
“This has been a place of incredible trauma for our mothers, daughters and sisters, most of whom are themselves victims of abuse,” stated the group’s govt director, Sharon White-Harrigan. “Right now the therapeutic begins.”
The jail, which opened in 1988, incorporates a 25-bed nursery and, extra not too long ago, added a specialised middle for transgender girls. In 2019, Layleen Polanco, a 27-year-old transgender lady being held on $500 bail for prostitution and low stage drug possession, was discovered useless inside a solitary unit inside the housing space. Town paid Polanco’s household $5.9 million in a settlement.
In keeping with Hochul, any people at the moment receiving hormone substitute remedy at Rikers may have entry to the remedy on the Westchester amenities.
The Division of Correction will present twice-daily transportation to the ability for relations and family members of detainees, with bus pickup areas in each borough however Staten Island, based on a press launch.