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Transgender inmates to be transferred out of Rikers Island as prison descends into chaos


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said that 230 women and transgender people will be temporarily transferred out of Rikers Island to state-run facilities as the New York City prison descends into lawlessness.

“The situation on Rikers Island is grave and complex, and thus requires bold action from all levels of government to deliver change,” Hochul said in a statement, announcing that the people who are being transferred out include “nearly all” the women and trans people at Rikers Island.

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Conditions on Rikers Island have deteriorated over the past several months, with state lawmakers calling it “an absolute humanitarian crisis.”

“The place is in a state of emergency, and we need to act now,” New York State Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas (D) told CBS News last month . “We must work to de-carcerate.”

Rikers Island has long been criticized for violence, abuse, and neglect of inmates, as well as the lack of consequences for corrections officers. The New York Times reports that conditions have gotten even worse this past year. Inmates and gangs are running the jail, determining who can access buildings, while officers pull 24-hour triple […]

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