#CutShutInvestNY - Closing Rikers

There’s a crisis at Rikers. New York City must #CutShutInvestNY

New Yorkers who believe in fairness and justice are deeply concerned about the crisis at Rikers Island Jail Complex. Every week, District Attorneys and Judges are sending more people to Rikers even though a record number of people have died there. Rikers is unsafe for human beings, both the people incarcerated there and the people who work there.  The criminal legal system is racist: nearly 90% of everyone jailed at Rikers is Black and Latinx. Most people at Rikers haven't been convicted: they're being held in jail pre-trial because, unlike millionaires, they can't afford bail. This is wrong!

We can fix this. We call upon the Mayor, City Officials, Judges, and District Attorney’s to #CutShutInvestNY: 

  • CUT the number of people held on Rikers. Cut the budgets used for caging people - cut the budget for NYPD, cut the budget of the Dept of Correction budget, cut the budgets of the city's District Attorneys.
  • SHUT down Rikers Island Jail Complex.
  • INVEST in real community safety: housing, health care, education, jobs. 

 

 

 

 

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