The jury is still out on whether reforms – segregating the most violent inmates, a crackdown on smuggling, faster use-of-force investigations – will be effective.
City Limits contacted all 51 members of the City Council, the five borough presidents and the three citywide officials to ask whether they support closing Rikers.
But CB11's conditional rejection of the two sets of proposed changes did not satisfy some advocates who wanted a more absolute rejection.
It's great to know who the lousy property owners are. But people who fail to provide heat, neglect lead paint or look the other way for rats and roaches are unlikely to be swayed by public shame alone.