Move all adolescents off Rikers Island

In 2016, the City announced its commitment to transfer all adolescents off of Rikers Island and into a setting more appropriate for juveniles. This work is in progress now. In effect, this move will mean transferring the adolescent population off Rikers Island and into dedicated facilities that align with a recent change in state law that raises the age of criminal responsibility – a change for which the City had advocated. As of Oct. 1, 2018, all 16 and 17 year olds will be moved off Rikers Island into facilities that are more appropriate for juveniles.