Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced that his administration is moving forward with plans to replace Rikers Island with four community-based facilities.
The proposal, which was presented by the mayor's office and city council, will go under a public review process that will include hearings and recommendations by local community boards, borough presidents, and the City Planning Commission.
In order for the new jail facilities to be built, the city council will need to approve them.
The locations include the Manhattan Detention Center at 125 White Street, the Brooklyn Detention Center at 275 Atlantic Avenue, the Queens Detention Center at 126-01 82nd Avenue, and the NYPD Tow Pound at 320 Concord Avenue in the Bronx.
The mayor said the ultimate goal is to decrease the daily jail population at facilities from 9,000 inmates to 5,000 inmates.
The idea is that those four facilities would house everyone locked up in the city, clearing the way for Rikers to close within ten years.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said plans to build a new facility in Mott Haven took him by surprise, calling it a "lack of outreach" by the mayor.
In a statement he said, "Any new site for a jail in this borough must be thoroughly vetted, and the people of The Bronx must have a meaningful say in the selection of any future site."
The announcement came on the same day Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined the correction officers' union outside the borough's detention center to call on the city to change the way it deals with violent inmates, urging the city to bring back solitary confinement for violent inmates.
Correction officer Jean Souffrant suffered a broken spine after being attacked by a group of Rikers inmates, officials said.
The four suspects were arraigned Monday on gang assault charges and returned to Rikers.
Because they are all 18 years old, they cannot be punished with solitary confinement. Officers said that makes it harder to stop another attack.
Since de Blasio first took office four years ago, the number of inmate on inmate assaults and inmate assault on staff has gone up each year.
The mayor is holding firm on his policy despite the recent attack.
The fight over the future of Rikers Island is also pitting de Blasio against Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again.
It is the latest chapter in the ongoing and seemingly intractable feud between New York's top Democrats. De Blasio and Cuomo have said Rikers Island needs to shut down, yet they are still somehow fighting about it.
"I've been here four years and I'm easy to find," de Blasio said at the announcement Wednesday. "I have not gotten an offer of help, and so I will make it really plain, I'll look into the cameras: If the governor and the legislature want to help us close Rikers more quickly, they have the power to do so. And if they don't, then it's on them that it's going to take longer."
Hours earlier, the state threatened to intervene to shut down the troubled jail facility more quickly. Cuomo's lawyer said the city should never have agreed to the ten-year plan.
"With thousands of people impacted and many lives at risk, the city must go back to the drawing board and develop the political will to treat this as a priority," said Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David.
Meanwhile, the Commission of Correction identifies the top five worst facilities in the state.
Rikers Island is on the list along with four facilities in upstate New York.
The commission says the conditions at the facilities endanger the health and safety of inmates and staff members.
The report finds the number of inmate-on-personnel assaults at Rikers rose by 34 percent last year compared to 2016.
Hospital admissions of inmates skyrocketed to 300 percent in 2017.
Inspections of the facilities last spring also found a slew of issues including unsanitary inmate cell and shower areas as well as rust and peeling paint due to water water damage.
The chief counsel to the governor says the Cuomo administration will demand a quick resolution to what he calls "illegal" conditions at the facilities.