Maloney Applauds Transfer of Incarcerated Women and Trans Individuals Out of Rikers
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement welcoming the news of an agreement between the City and State of New York to transfer more than 200 women and trans individuals out of Rikers. The Congresswoman toured the Rikers Island facility this Tuesday.
“As I saw yesterday, and as advocates have been reporting for far too long, the situation on Rikers Island is untenable and we need bold action to make the facility safer for all those incarcerated there, the corrections officers, and support staff. I welcome this announcement from the City and State, a move that will help secure the safety of some of the most vulnerable populations currently housed at Rikers. This is an important step in what must be a coordinated, bold effort from the City, State, and federal government to end the humanitarian crisis on Rikers Island.”
Today, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor de Blasio announced “an agreement between the State and City of New York to transfer nearly all of women- and trans-identified individuals currently incarcerated on Rikers Island to two State-run facilities in Bedford Hills, Westchester County, the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (Bedford) and the Taconic Correctional Facility (Taconic), both operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).”