The State Commission of Correction today delivered a letter and report to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie identifying the most problematic local correctional facilities of New York State.
Alphonso David, Chief Counsel to Governor Cuomo, said: “We have received a copy of the report on the ‘worst local jails’ in New York State. The report, which we will thoroughly review, instructively highlights the five most problematic facilities among the 74 that the state oversees. There is no doubt that we will demand focus and an expeditious resolution to these systemic, unconscionable and illegal conditions. The current plan to close Rikers Island Jail on a 10-year timeline is wholly unacceptable and repugnant to federal and state constitutional principles. The governor, who has been fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform his entire career, has repeatedly said 10 years is too long because ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’ The governor’s vision for New York as the progressive capital of the nation is not rhetorical, but rather results driven. A fair, safe, and humane criminal justice system is essential for our state, and we will make it such.”