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Film Screening And Discussion: Presumed Innocent (1979)

Join us at Interference Archive for a critical look at Rikers Islands’ detention facilities, through the lens of both historic film and as well as the current organizing work of the Close Rikers Campaign.

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Erie County Eyes Albany Police Diversion Program

ALBANY, NY - Numbers from the Erie County Health Department show the opioid epidemic in the county could claim the lives of nearly 400 people by the end of the year. Last year, there were 300 fatal overdoses.

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Opioid Crisis Response 'Too Little, Too Late'

Opioid overdoses took 1,200 lives in North Carolina last year — part of an 800 percent increase since 1999 whose body count has now surpassed 12,000.

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NAADAC Opposes Senate Health Repeal

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 7 -- NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals issued the following news release:

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Cooper To Sign Law Limiting Availability Of Prescription Pain Killers

RALEIGH - Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Thursday a bill that more closely regulates the prescribing of pain killers, which state officials say has resulted in an increase in addiction and helped fuel an opioid crisis that is killing an average of more than 3 people a day in North Carolina.

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Mayor Quietly Releases Plan To Close Rikers; Criticism Follows

RIKERS ISLAND, Queens — It's one of the very largest jails in the country, but as of Thursday morning, a plan to shut down Rikers Island was officially released by Mayor Bill De Blasio.

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De Blasio Moves On Rikers - But Hedges On Jail Relocations

Nothing about Rikers Island is easy for Bill De Blasio.

Two months after responding to activist pressure and dropping his longstanding resistance to a shutdown of the troubled prison complex, de Blasio released the framework of a plan to do just that. But just as quickly, he seemed to pass the buck — suggesting on the Brian Lehrer show that the City Council — not his administration — should take the initiative in finding new jail sites.

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NC Bill Limiting Availability Of Prescription Pain Killers Signed Into Law

RALEIGH - Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Thursday a bill that more closely regulates the prescribing of pain killers, which state officials say has resulted in an increase in addiction and helped fuel an opioid crisis that is killing an average of more than 3 people a day in North Carolina.

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Albany Lawmakers Reach Compromise On Faster Trials

Kalief Browder was arrested when he was 16 years old in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack. He insisted he was innocent instead of pleading guilty, and he couldn't afford to pay the $10,000 bail. He wound up serving almost three years in the jail complex on Rikers Island and killed himself after he was released.

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Communities Seek Strategies To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Screen_Shot_2017-09-07_at_11.14.13_AM.pngHarry Brust looked up from the chair next to his prison cot, its sheet neatly tucked under the mattress, and recalled his first attempt to shake addiction.

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