New York lawmakers decry ‘inhumane’ Rikers Island after touring jail

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New York Daily News

NEW YORK — A trio of New York-based members of Congress slammed the local and state government for allowing “inhumane conditions” on Rikers Island after touring the troubled city jail. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ritchie Torres and Carolyn Maloney said they were horrified by the conditions facing prisoners and staff alike. “The inhumane conditions we witnessed today are a stain on the City and State of New York,” the lawmakers said in a statement Tuesday. Calling Rikers a “humanitarian crisis,” the three lawmakers called for immediate action to ease overcrowding such as releasin…

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