A blue-ribbon commission studying the future of Rikers Island will recommend closing the troubled jail and replacing it with several smaller facilities across the city, sources told the Daily News.
The 27-member panel, led by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, has been studying the issue for more than a year, even as more tales of horror emerged from within the 10-jail facility’s halls and cells.
But according to one member of the panel, the commission has reached its conclusion, and is prepared to share its recommendation with Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who appointed Lippman.
An official said the recommendations will be shared with City Hall on Sunday.
The mayor, Lippman and Mark-Viverito huddled together Thursday night on the mayor’s side of City Hall, emerging separately around 7:20 p.m.
Mark-Viverito, who emerged first, made a beeline for her own wing of the building and said nothing when asked if she could share what the commission would recommend or what the three had discussed.
Lippman emerged a few minutes later.
“I can just tell you that we have our usual process of keeping people informed of what’s going on and taking a lot of feedback,” Lippman said as he walked out the front door of City Hall.
City Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte was at City Hall at least twice this week. The News spotted him walking in on Tuesday and on Wednesday, a few hours before de Blasio held a press conference announcing re-entry services for Rikers inmates.
Spokespeople for de Blasio and Mark-Viverito declined to comment.
But the commission member said the recommendations include supervised release of some of the detainees, new smaller jails across the five boroughs and a bail system overhaul.
The source said the transition would take 10 years to complete.