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Statement On Important Steps Forward to Advance the Process of Closing Rikers Island

Statement from gabriel sayegh, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice

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Statement by Criminal Justice Reform Groups Across New York

The governor's commitment to criminal justice reform is welcomed and needed. At his 2018 State of the State Address, the governor said, "Race and wealth should not be factors in our criminal justice system.” We wholeheartedly agree with the governor on this point and believe achieving this goal is an urgent priority for New York.

However, we have deep concerns about many of the details in the governor's current criminal justice reform package.

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Statement by Community and Advocacy Groups on Gov Cuomo's 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Proposal

#BailReformNY

Advocacy Groups from Across the State Applaud Governor Cuomo’s Focus on Reforming New York's Broken Criminal Justice System 

These Proposals – if Appropriately Written into Law – have the Potential to Dramatically Reduce New York’s Jail Population Across the State 

Community & Advocacy Groups Look Forward to Working with this Administration to Define and Implement these Proposals

Albany, NY: Today, in his 2018 State of the State Address, the Governor outlined his plan to reform a broken criminal justice system in New York, with a particular focus on reforming pretrial practices across the state.

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Statement on GMDC Closure on Rikers Island

Statement from gabriel sayegh, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice

on GMDC Closure on Rikers Island

“Mayor de Blasio is getting 2018 off on the right foot by closing GMDC on Rikers Island, and we commend him and his administration for this action. This welcome development brings into focus the larger challenge at hand: Closing Rikers Island once and for all, as quickly as possible.

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Press Release About Bail Reform in New York

Over 100 Community, Legal, and Advocacy Groups Send Recommendations to Governor Cuomo for Effective Bail Reform  in New York

Momentum Building for Meaningful Change to Move New York Forward

New York: As momentum continues to build for bail reform in New York, yesterday, over 100 statewide and regional community groups, including advocacy and public defense organizations, sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo recommending how to achieve bail reform in the state. The urgent need for bail reform in New York is clear: thousands of people are being detained every year in jails simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom, contributing to profound racial disparities in the state’s justice system. 

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What's Cooking at Katal: A Letter from Katal's Co-Executive Directors

As we expand our work in Connecticut and New York to end mass incarceration and the drug war, we’re building new partnerships and pivoting to tackle new challenges. To gear up for legislative advocacy in 2018, in the months ahead we're pulling together a series of events in both CT and NY related to bail reform, ending mass incarceration, pre-arrest diversion, and more. We’re using a harm reduction approach to organize neighborhoods and communities around issues of public health and public safety. Our membership base is growing, and we're on the move.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #CLOSErikers Campaign Holds Major Rally to Demand City Move Forward Immediately with Clear Plans to Close Rikers Island 

Closerikers.org

One year after public launch of Campaign, and weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio announces his support to close Rikers, hundreds gather to declare the proposed ten-year timeline is too long

closerikers.pngNew York, NY – Hundreds of members of the #CLOSErikers campaign gathered today at City Hall to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio take immediate action on his commitment to close Rikers Island. Advocates declared the Mayor’s proposed ten-year timeline to close Rikers is too long. They demanded the Mayor appoint someone to lead a speedy process of closing the facility, put forward a serious plan for closure, and immediately act on criminal justice reforms to reduce the Rikers population.

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City Heads West For A Policing LEAD

New Haven Independent

Eleven New Haven officials and activists flew to Seattle to seek an effective alternative to locking up street hookers and nonviolent drug abusers.

They come home convinced they found it.

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Statement from Glenn E. Martin, JustLeadershipUSA and Gabriel Sayegh, Katal Center For Health, Equity, and Justice On Release of Report From The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform

Closerikers.org

closerikers.pngGlenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, and Gabriel Sayegh, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice are leaders in the #CLOSErikers campaign.  They issued the following statements in response to the release of the report from the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform.

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Statement from Glenn E. Martin, JustLeadershipUSA and Gabriel Sayegh, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Announcement to Close Rikers

Closerikers.org

closerikers.pngGlenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, and Gabriel Sayegh, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice are leaders in the #CLOSErikers campaign. They issued the following statements in response to the announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio that Rikers Island will be closed.

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