“We are not evacuating Rikers Island,”

A friend of mine posted the following on her FB page:

Rikers Island’s 12 000 prisoners will not be evacuated, this despite being well within the Zone B category for evacuation.

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.

Rikers is the processing facility for juveniles, mental-illness and pre-trial detainees, i.e. those who have not been convicted of a crime. Solitary Watch reminds us that the prison population in NOLA were also left behind and many found themselves very close to death, locked in cages with the water rising up to their chests in some places.

 

Rikers Island Prisoners will not be evacuated.

 

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