News Article

Affiliate Politico
Date April 2017
In Categories: News Article
In Project Series: MJP - Phase II

When Mayor Bill de Blasio recently pledged to close the troubled Rikers Island jail, it was premised on the condition that the city reduce the overall inmate population to an average of 5,000 people in custody citywide. De Blasio set a 10-year goal for that reduction, matching a call from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and an independent commission chaired by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, which sketched a plan for the city to close the jail within a decade […]

Affiliate New York Times
Date December 2015
In Categories: News Article
In Project Series: MJP - Phase I

The warnings began even before Bill de Blasio was sworn in as New York City’s mayor in January 2014. A safe New York depended on the aggressive policing tactics that began in the 1990s and flourished under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his police commissioner, Ray Kelly. Without those tactics, the doomsayers said, the city would […]