Agree­ment reached to close no­to­ri­ous Rik­ers Is­land jail

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Mayor Bill de Bla­sio and New York City Coun­cil lead­ers said they reached an agree­ment to close the Rik­ers Is­land jail com­plex and house in­mates in smaller jails around the city.

De Bla­sio and Speaker Corey John­son, a fel­low Demo­crat, an­nounced the deal hours af­ter a state watch­dog com­mis­sion said Rik­ers was one of the five worst jails in the state. The plan calls for in­car­cer­at­ing in­mates at jails in Man­hat­tan, Brook­lyn and Queens and at a new fa­cil­ity in the Bronx.

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