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Borough-Based Crapshoot

Posted 11/30/21

There's something bizarre about listening to de Blasio administration officials talk about plans for closing Rikers Island in favor of four borough-based jails six years from now when the current arithmetic concerning jail capacity and inmate population doesn't come close to adding up.

The borough jails, only one of which is currently under construction, are expected to hold 3,300 inmates. As of Nov. 22, according to Department of Correction officials, the total number of detainees in the system was 5,444.

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