Jay Z Supports De Blasio's Decision To Close Rikers Island

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Peter Baker, correspondent for The New York Times, joins Hari Sreenivasan for a preview.http://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/RTS1162B-320x196.jpg2365990539u-2u4252U0Y211535211536http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change-facts/The facts on climate change - and what to do about itIn advance of Earth Day on April 22, National Geographic Magazine released its latest edition this week featuring the guide, "Seven Things You Need to Know about Climate Change". "You don't have to incarcerate your way to public safety".

The commission also presented a second proposal for Rikers' future. Browder was jailed at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack.

The commission's yearlong examination of problems at Rikers laid the groundwork for de Blasio's announcement Friday that the city would seek to close the embattled correctional facility, now home to about 7,000 inmates.

Jonathan Lippman heads up the mission calling Rikers a 19th century solution to a 21st century problem.

Advocates for mass incarceration reform have long called for a closing of Rikers, and have been supported in recent years by local officials like Mark-Viverito and state officials like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

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I think I can take a lot of positives from that and just build on it. "I'm sure it'll be a match where I'll be running for a lot of balls".

In the three years since the mayor took office, the jail population has decreased 18 percent, from an average population of 11,478 in December 2013 to an average of 9,362 this month. "Since we first met each other in the City Council almost 20 years ago, in every dealing I personally and directly have had with Bill de Blasio he has proven to be a man of his word".

"I want the fewest new jails possible, and I don't start on the assumption of where they're going to be for a lot of reasons including that there has to be a process", for selecting and approving the sites, de Blasio said. "I am proud to chart a course for our city that lives up to this reality".

De Blasio wouldn't go that far when asked about the potential for a new jail on Staten Island last week.

In its official budget response filed Monday, the Council proposed eliminating $501 million from the Department of Correction budget for the new facility - which de Blasio would not rule out building even as he embraced plans to shut down Rikers. It can be ended if we keep driving down crime, if we have the right approach we can end it.

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