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Commentary By Nicole Gelinas

Eric Adams Should Scrap de Blasio’s Replace-Rikers Plan

Public Safety Policing, Crime Control

Mayor Adams has faced criticism over continuing his predecessor's plan to build more jails around the city.

New Lower Manhattan Councilman Christopher Marte bragged to his constituents last week that he’d gotten Mayor Eric Adams to quash the planned jail in his district — and then promptly said he’d been “misunderstood.”

Misunderstood or not, both Marte and Adams know that New York voters don’t want four new jails in four critical districts — and they’ll both have to face re-election on the issue. There’s a better way, both for residents of beleaguered neighborhoods and inmates. 

The four-borough jail project, signed into law by former Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2019, was never going to work. For starters, shoving four high-rise jails into Chinatown, Mott Haven, Kew Gardens and downtown Brooklyn requires that the number of inmates never exceed 3,544. 

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

This piece originally appeared in New York Post