Via Solitary Watch: NO evacuation for Rikers Island Jail

LaGuardia and Rikers
Image by joseph a via Flickr

Also No evacuations for Arthur Kill state prison on Staten Island.

Today myself and followers sent numerous tweets to Mayor Bloomberg & Governor Cuomo’s twitter accounts….there was no reply.

Via my twitter stream – a CO that works at Rikers stated that in worst case scenario, prisoners will be moved to higher floors with in the prison….. 😦

Locked Up and Left Behind: Hurricane Irene and the Prisoners on New York’s Rikers Island

by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

“We are not evacuating Rikers Island,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference this afternoon. Bloomberg annouced a host  of extreme measures being taken by New York City in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, including a shutdown of the public transit system and the unprecedented mandatory evacuation of some 250,000 people from low-lying areas. But in response to a reporter’s question, the mayor stated in no uncertain terms (and with more than a hint of annoyance) that one group of New Yorkers on vulnerable ground will be staying put.

New York City is surrounded by small islands and barrier beaches, and a glance at the city’s evacuation map reveals all of them to be in Zone A (already under a mandatory evacuation order) or Zone B–all, that is, save one. Rikers Island, which lies in the waters between Queens and the Bronx, is not highlighted at all, meaning it is not to be evacuated under any circumstances.

According to the New York City Department of Correctionsown website, more than three-quarters of Rikers Island’s 400 acres are built on landfill–which is generally thought to be more vulnerable to natural disasters. Its ten jails have a capacity of close to 17,000 inmates, and normally house at least 12,000, including juveniles and large numbers of prisoners with mental illness–not to mention pre-trial detainees who have yet to be convicted of any crime. There are also hundreds of corrections officers at work on the island.

Continue Reading @ Solitary Watch

Take Action for Rikers’ Island Prisoners! Demand the City Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan


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