New York Daily News: "The prisoners we should put on Rikers: Bring back inmates from upstate"
"The decision announced Friday by Mayor de Blasio to endorse the central recommendation of an independent commission and close the sprawling jail complex on Rikers Island — by downsizing the city’s pretrial population and housing the remaining detainees and inmates in local jails close to courts — could be a major advance," writes Michael Mushlin, a professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.
"But the plan is missing one critical piece that would mark a real step forward for thousands of families throughout the five boroughs. Namely, we should keep Rikers open to incarcerate people convicted of crimes who would otherwise be sent upstate.
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