Rikers Island, America’s most famous jail, to close in 2026
The jail at Rikers Island, which houses 7,000 short-term inmates per night, will close by 2026, following a vote in the New York City Council. The jail, once heralded as a model incarceration facility, has been rife with abuse and neglect in recent decades. The jail will be replaced by four smaller facilities that, among them, will have a much lower capacity than the 400-acre Rikers. New York faces an "uphill battle" (today's expression) in closing the famous jail.