HARLEM— The brother of Kalief Browder blasted Mayor Invoice de Blasio for “giving us lip service” for his pledge to shut Rikers Island inside 10 years.
“Will you even be the mayor in 10 years? Or are you solely doing this as a result of it’s an election yr?” requested Akeem Browder, who joined a pair politicians Wednesday to push an alternate plan to shut the jail inside three years.
“Take motion,” added Browder, whose brother dedicated suicide after being held in solitary confinement on the jail for years when he was unable to pay his bail for stealing a backpack on the age of sixteen.
Browder joined Queens Councilman Rory Lancman and Brian Benjamin, a Harlem democrat operating for state Senate, at a press convention in West Harlem on Wednesday to again the pair’s proposal, claiming the ten-yr plan is untenable.
“I’m going to push him as onerous as I can,” stated Lancman, referring to de Blasio. “I gained’t settle for a ten-yr plan.”
The 2 stated they studied the suggestions made in a report by the Unbiased Fee on New York Metropolis Legal Justice and Incarceration Reform and declare their proposal might streamline the method.
The mayor set a objective of decreasing Rikers’ inmate inhabitants to five,000 underneath his 10-yr plan, with a proposal to switch it with smaller jails throughout the town.
Lancman and Benjamin stated they’re pushing for comparable objectives, however over a shorter time period.
They need to minimize the day by day jail inhabitants in half — from 9,000 to fewer than 5,000 — through the use of diversion packages for low-degree legal offenses, drastically decreasing pre-trial detention by increasing a metropolis-supervised launch program, funding various-to-incarceration packages, and streamlining sentencing tips and case processing.
They might additionally start the Uniform Land Use Evaluate Process (ULURP) — a multi-step assessment course of — to revamp present smaller jails in elements of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“Let’s purpose excessive,” stated Benjamin, a developer who can also be chairman of Manhattan Group Board 10. “The town has the desire to do nice issues when it needs to.”
However “it requires…