Bill de Blasio

NYC council votes to shut down Rikers Island

A view of Rikers Island.
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The New York City Council approved a measure on Thursday to shutter Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Supporters say closing the jail complex, which housed nearly 10,000 beds, "puts New York City at the forefront of a national movement to reverse decades of mass incarceration that disproportionately affected black and Hispanic people," the Times notes. The institution was known for inmate abuse, mismanagement and neglect.

Bill de Blasio on the issues, in under 500 words

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

Editor's note: De Blasio dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sept. 20, 2019. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joining the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 presidency — making him the third mayor in the race and the second New Yorker. The mayor has gained some national recognition over the years for his progressive policies.