Dozens of activists staged a protest in Queens, New York, calling for the closure of Rikers Island, the city's main jail complex, which they called the "Abu Ghraib of New York", Saturday. Activists held banners and tried to disrupt the traffic, but were prevented by police from crossing and shutting down the bridge to the Island. They claimed that the prison should be closed immediately due to serious human right abuses. The demonstration was peaceful and no arrests were made. Rikers Island is home to one of the world's largest correctional institutions. The jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction, manages 100,000 admissions per year and has an average daily population of 14,000 inmates. It is notorious for abuse and neglect of prisoners in recent years, which has attracted increased media and judicial scrutiny that resulted in numerous rulings against the New York City government.
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