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DAs hold key to closing Rikers, by steering people with mental health and substance disorders away from jail and into treatment

It was a striking sight: Four of New York City’s five district attorneys gathered earlier this month at a forum sponsored by the Daily News, Greenburger Center and Metro-IAF to discuss their approaches to stemming the mass incarceration of people with mental illness and substance use disorders, in light of plans to shrink and eventually close jails on Rikers Island.
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Len Elmore
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

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