Speaker Corey Johnson, one of the authors, with Mayor de Blasio (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)
Three years ago, the idea of closing the nine jails on Rikers Island was widely considered impossible. But in April 2017, after an intense campaign by advocates and the findings of an independent commission convened by former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and chaired by Judge Jonathan Lippman, Mayor de Blasio committed to the goal.
Today, we are within hailing distance.
The starting point for closing the Rikers jails is...