The Intercept: If Coronavirus Deaths Start Piling Up In Rikers Island Jails, We’ll Know Who To Blame

“It remains possible that the blooming epidemic on Rikers Island will not turn into a catastrophe of mass fatalities. Medical teams are working hard in city jails and, with any luck, they will be able to save lives. If people do die on Rikers, however, it won’t be because the public officials with the power to save them were not warned.

“It’s a handful of people: the mayor, the governor, judges, the city DAs,” said Olderman, of the Bronx Defenders. “They could do it if they wanted to. And they’re making a choice. The death of incarcerated people that is sure to follow is going to be on their hands.”

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