Why Rikers Island Is Ripe for a Rethink
Mayor Adams announced last month that Louis Molina will leave his post as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Correction (DOC) to become the assistant deputy mayor for public safety.
Molina’s replacement has not yet been named, but unless the next DOC is freed from fantastical progressive demands, attempts to improve the safety and management at Rikers Island will remain kneecapped.
Molina’s two-year tenure was plagued by criticism, but the administration also had successes.
The rates of violent assaults and staff assaults fell in 2022 after steady increases over the previous decade.
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