CLOSING
RIKERS
ISLAND
CURRENT
PROGRESS
TIMELINE

2017

Mayor Commits to Closing Rikers Island

Mayor Bill De Blasio Announced His Intention To Close The Jail Complex At Rikers Island Within 10 Years

City releases Smaller, Safer, Fairer: the Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island

2018

City hires Perkins Eastman to create a Master Plan for the borough-based jails

Aerial View of New York Oil Paint Render

City begins public review process (ULURP)

2019

City shrinks proposed jail system capacity from 5,000 to 3,300​

Aerial View of New York Oil Paint Render

City Council votes to approve the ULURP application for the borough-based jail system

City files Rikers Island Public Place ULURP application, forbidding the incarceration of individuals on Rikers Island after the completion of the borough-based jail system​

2020

City begins procurement process for design-build teams who will design and construct the new facilities

Program paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the completion date is extended from Dec. 31, 2026 to Aug. 31, 2027

Aerial View of New York Oil Paint Render

Rikers Island Public Place ULURP application approved

2021

City Council passes the Renewable Rikers Act, which transfers portions of the Island from DOC to DCAS every six months and transfers the entire Island over after the completion of the borough-based jail system​

Queens Community Center Concept Art

Construction begins on the Queens Garage

All four demolition/site preparation contracts are awarded and registered

The RFP for the Manhattan jail is released