Aug 31, 2011

What if Hurricane Irene had hit Rikers Island?

While the Mayor's Office has come under fire for its statement to the Times that no evacuation plan existed for Riker's inmates, others activitists say that in "talks with city administrators over the past few days, the city made it clear that it did have a plan to move inmates on lower lying areas on Rikers to higher ground in the case of flooding, but that city officials made an early determination that the entire island was on high enough ground that they did not need their plan."  The controversy is summed up in Colorlines Magazine this week.