The End of Rikers? Courtney Bryan on the Call to Close the Rikers Island Jails

Rikers Island is “a stain on our great city” and should be closed. That’s the headline-grabbing conclusion of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. Matt Watkins speaks to the Center for Court Innovation’s Courtney Bryan to learn more about the Center’s role in researching and producing the commission’s report, and the steps needed to carry out its recommendations. We also hear a range of activists and reformers react to the pledge to close the notorious jail facility.

Courtney Bryan. January 2017