It’s like the scene from Batman, when Gotham fell and the inmates were running the streets.

On Thursday October 17th, the New York City council voted to close the infamous Riker’s Island jail facility a correctional complex with nearly 10,000 beds, by 2026. The island on the East river currently consists of ten jail buildings.  According to The Washington Post:

“When it was first opened in the 1930s, Rikers Island was hailed as a cleaner, safer alternative to New York’s decrepit jail system. The facility, sitting on a 90-acre sliver of land between the Bronx and Queens, had been advertised as “the most perfect prison in the world.”

The council voted 36 – 13 to close those ten buildings and build four jails that are more modern and closer to main courthouses in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.  This means moving inmates into the city into smaller facilities, rather than keeping them contained on the island in the East River.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that chaos loving New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other Democrats support the plan to shut down Rikers and replace it with an $8 billion plan that would replace the facility with jails in four of the city’s five boroughs.

Currently Riker’s Island holds mostly inmates awaiting trial.  According to the New York Post, the new plan has a:

“baseline estimate of how many inmates that system will be expected to accommodate by 2026 was recently revised down to just 3,544 — about half of its population today.” 

So, what does that mean for New York City?

That over half of the populations that Riker’s Island once held, will be released into the city, or will not be held after the year 2026, on charges they would have normally been incarcerated on awaiting trial on Riker’s Island.

As explained by the New York Post:

“When one considers the seriousness of the charges most city jail inmates are facing,  the level of violence those inmates engage in behind bars and the potential for future crime increases, one thing becomes crystal clear: There is simply no way to cut the average daily jail population.” 

Regardless of any plan that is in place “the city itself has described [the current and incoming jail population] as “more violent and difficult to manage” that much more without leaving dangerous criminals on the street, where you can be sure they will continue to diminish the quality of life in their neighborhoods.”

What does the pretentious Mayor of New York have to say about this grand plan of releasing inmates, and cutting the ability to incarcerate violent offenders nearly in half?

“Our city is a big step closer to closing Rikers Island — and ending the era of mass incarceration.  This action today means that New York City is set on a new path. This is a plan that is about fairness and compassion. It’s about safety. It’s about valuing every human life.” 

Except it seems the value of human life that will now be living in communities with more violent offenders.

But this should really come as no surprise to anyone.   De Blasio has never been one to tout the benefits, of Law and Order. On the contrary, he thrives while his city stands in chaos.  He is encouraged by other law makers that do not support law abiding citizens over criminals. 

According to Fox News,  City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a Democrat who shepherded the plan through the governing body stated:

“Rikers Island is a symbol of brutality and inhumanity and it is time for us to once and for all close Rikers Island, as a city we must do everything we can to move away from the failed policies of mass incarceration.”

Officials in New York have stated that declining crime rate makes the downsizing necessary, according to Fox News:

“[official] anticipate New York City’s jail population will keep dropping because of criminal justice reforms and several district attorneys in the city saying they are no longer prosecuting small-time marijuana possession cases.” 

It is also reported that police officer in New York City have been encouraged to write tickets for minor offenses instead of jailing them.

While its not hard to understand why this particular Mayor is pushing for such a change (considering his history in office), it is amazing to see that even from his own office, the theories behind closing Riker’s Island are not supported by the numbers. According to the New York Post:

“The most recent data from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, 62 percent of the city’s pretrial jail population is facing violent felony charges; 30 percent are facing other felony charges. Just 8 percent of pretrial detainees are facing misdemeanor charges. The vast majority of these inmates are repeat offenders.”

So, if those numbers are correct, this proves that the Mayor is in support of the idea of having to release violent offenders into his communities.  Not all members of the city council are in agreement with this wild idea, that criminal populations will be reduced. 

One councilman Carlos Menchaca, who voted no had this to say about the plan and the Mayor:

“There is nothing in the plan that guarantees closing Rikers.  I do not trust this mayor. Do you?”

No, Councilman Menchaca, given this Mayor’s track record of not supporting Law and Order, we can’t say we trust him either…with anything!

It’s been a violent week in New York City.

Coming on the heels of a man beating a bunch of homeless people to death with a metal pipe, cops with the NYPD ended up in two fatal officer involved shootings Tuesday night. 

And while all this is happening, city leaders are figuring out how to prosecute less and release even more inmates from lockup facilities, promising to dump repeated offenders right back on the streets in an apparent effort to put up better crime numbers.

Let’s look at some of the violence that’s been plaguing the Big Apple lately.

First on the list is Nasheem Prioleau, known to locals as “Trigger”.

He wasted no time at all getting back to his life of crime after being paroled from jail at the end of last week. 

Around 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, police became aware of reports that shots had been fired at the Gowanus Houses in Brooklyn. When two plainclothes officers on patrol in the area arrived at the scene, they reportedly came across Prioleau pointing a firearm at another individual.

(Screenshot – ABC 7 Broadcast)

 

The officers quickly trained their weapons at the suspect and commanded him to drop the gun and surrender. They say that he refused to comply and instead pointed the gun at the cops and pulled the trigger.

The officers opened fire on Prioleau, striking him multiple times. Neither of the officers were injured in the return fire.

The suspect was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead from his injuries at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, officials said.

 

A 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene. Police officials said that the man had an extensive criminal background. He had most recently been serving five years behind bars for an armed robbery and had just been released on parole last week. Additionally, records show that Prioleau has served time for weapons and assault charges previously. 

The NYC PBA slammed the city’s policies that are allowing criminals to do whatever they want.

 

Then we have another shooting the very same night at a subway station in The Bronx. Officers were called out to the scene after reports came in that a suspect was firing shots into the air. 

When police arrived, they discovered a 27-year-old suspect carrying a .38 handgun.

NYPD Assistant Chief Commanding Officer Larry Nikunen said, “Several plain clothed and uniform officers from the 47 precinct responded to the scene and we were directed to the southbound platform where the engaged the male in possession of a firearm. Two of the officers then fired several rounds striking him one time in the left shoulder.”

And guess what? Police say the man had an EXTENSIVE criminal history. 

 

Let’s keep going, shall we? 

A prime example of what will happen as a result of reforming the bail/bond system can be seen by looking at the case of Tony Johnson. 

Johnson caught a huge break back in March of this year after a Brooklyn judge had the ability to hold him on multiple charges, but against the recommendation of the case’s prosecutor, he let the teen walk.

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Tony Johnson now faces 34 charges after he went on a crime spree in Brooklyn. (NYPD)

 

The prosecuting attorney recommended that Johnson be held for $225,000. The judge slashed that number by more than 97 percent, letting him go free for a measly $6,000. 

Johnson was released into the custody of his mother back to their home at the Breukelen Houses in Canarsie. But he apparently didn’t learn his lesson.

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Officials say that the teen, a known member of the Folk Nation gang, continued to unleash hell on his community. Over the last six months, Johnson, weighing in at 280 and standing over 6 feet-tall, committed a number of thefts and robberies.

Judge Craig S. Walker slashed Johnson’s bail down by more than 97 percent.

 

Court documents claimed that he stole cellphones, purses, money and allegedly punched a woman in the face outside of the Brooklyn housing unit.

One witness described his encounter with Johnson.

“Give me your sneakers or I’ll stab you,” Johnson allegedly said to his victim.

But last week, on October 8, Johnson did something much worse than stealing a few bucks. Prosecutors say that the teen snuck up behind a 12-year-0ld girl as she walked through the projects. 

Frustrated that she wasn’t holding any cash or valuables, investigators say Johnson pushed the pre-teen into a nearby basement, made her remove her clothes and then forced her into committing sex acts with him. 

Johnson was busted and now faces 34 charges for his racked up list of robberies and now the heinous sexual assault. He’s being held at the Horizon Juvenile Center in The Bronx and now would have to cough up more than $100,000 to get out. 

His family member says he’s being setup, and is a good kid that would never hurt anyone.

“This is an African American boy being framed!” his mother said. “He’s a good kid. Very respectful. He gets along with everyone. He plays with the kids and stuff.”

Cops within the NYPD are pissed. They’re tired of seeing the dangerous criminals they lock up being released to commit more harm. 

“It is a disgrace that this teen is allowed back out on the streets to ruin a poor girl’s life,” said a Brooklyn detective to the Post. “Nobody ever talks about the victims. This poor girl’s life has been ruined because they gave this guy another chance he didn’t deserve.”

Leaders love to jump on Twitter and proclaim that the criminal justice system ruins the lives of those going through it. 

But what about the victims? Don’t they deserve to live? No one is giving them a second chance…

 

The city announced that over the next few years, they’ll release 50 percent of prisoners back into the community, vowing to cut the city’s jail population in half and keep it there.

And in order to keep the jails unoccupied, they plan to just stop prosecuting suspects for lesser offenses. 

“This is a very scary situation,” a source within the justice system said. “I’m afraid you’re going to see many more stories like this. This is just the beginning.”

A prominent source within the department told the New York Post that officers feel “handcuffed” by their leader’s stance on enforcing the law. And they say that innocent New Yorkers are suffering because of it.

“The mayor has handcuffed the police in enforcing the quality-of-life crimes that we should enforce, and these guys know it now,” said the source about crime in the mass transit system. “And all the fare-paying customers commuting to work have to suffer. There are people down there picking pockets and sexually assaulting them.”

Violent crime isn’t just increasing in these areas. It’s happening all across the nation.

When will enough be enough?

 

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