Shutter Island: How we got here. Lessons from the campaign to close Rikers
In truth, the idea of closing Rikers Island is not a new one. Back in the 1970s, visionary criminal justice reformer Herb Sturz argued that New York City should rid itself of Rikers Island and “make a fresh start.” Despite these efforts, the infamous jail complex continued to stay open and the inmate population continued to rise, reaching a peak of more than 22,000 inmates in the early 1990s.
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