Mayor De Blasio has stated he wants to close Rikers Island within the next 10 years. The plan would cost a little under $11 billion over the next 10 years to create new jails within each borough. It would also require the city’s jail population to be dropped below 6,000 from its current 9,000 inmates. Mayor De Blasio stated that the plan would not work if the crime rates did not continue to drop in the city. The jail has been the site of abuse and prisoner neglect.