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December 29, 2017

N.Y. jail population falls below 9,000

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says its jail population is below 9,000 for the first time since 1982 and is hailing the drop as a step toward closing the notorious Rikers Island jail complex.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday the city is on track for a daily average jail population in December of about 8,980 people.

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