Mayor to visit Rikers Island to push plans to close facility

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit Rikers Island Monday to further detail his plans to close the facility.

De Blasio says it will take a decade to ultimately shut down the jail, and the process will be difficult.

The mayor's first step in his plan requires a reduction in Rikers' population to 5,000 inhabitants, making it easier to pay bail and speed up case processing times.

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