STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- About 35 people gathered in the Recital Hall of the College of Staten Island Wednesday night to discuss the future of the Rikers Island jail facility.
Everyone in attendance agreed that something needed to be done about the jail, where violence has been up despite a significant decrease in population over the past 20 years.Read more
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- Staten Islanders will have an opportunity to make sure their voices are heard about how to improve the New York City criminal justice system at a public hearing Wednesday.
The Staten Island Roundtable will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the College of Staten Island's Recital Hall.Read more
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March 3, 2017
NY group joins Florida criminal justice reform advocates to protest mass incarceration and the need to close poor functioning jails.Read more
The Village Voice
In the last State of the City address of his first term, Mayor Bill de Blasio stood on the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater and returned to the theme of mounting inequality which marked his 2013 election campaign. Faced with three separate protests outside the theater, all attacking him from the left, the mayor meandered his way through a speech that was light on both policy and promises, offering yet another 10-year-plan for something he might only have less than a single year to accomplish.Read more
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly failed to confront a human rights atrocity right in his own backyard. To live up to his own progressive values of justice, fairness, and equality, he must take action and close Rikers now,” said Glenn E. Martin, President and founder of JustLeadershipUSA. “New York City’s reputation as a sanctuary city is tarnished by the ongoing criminalization of thousands of its own residents who suffer unnecessarily in disgraceful and dangerous conditions.”Read more
New York City Councilman Danny Dromm of Queens wants to close Rikers Island. The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association has something to say about that this election season.Read more
As Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed guests for a private re-election fundraiser in Park Slope Monday night, a group of uninvited visitors gathered outside to give them an earful about the problems at the Rikers Island jail.
“We usually have 300 to 1,000 people at our marches.This is a smaller more intimate group of our 50 to 60 most passionate supporters who can engage the most important influencers to get the mayor to listen to the issues,” said Glen E. Martin, head of an organization demanding that the jail complex be shut down.Read more
Rikers has become a symbol among activists of a rotten prison system, plagued with a history of reported excessive force used against inmates.
More than 275 protesters held a march on Sunday to call for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to close the highly controversial Rikers Island jail complex. The protest culminated in a vigil alongside faith leaders and activists outside Gracie Mansion, de Blasio’s official residence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.Read more
City & State New York
Last fall, a group of New School students decided to participate in some subway vandalism. After noticing the official MTA subway map didn’t have Rikers Island labeled, they began posting stickers around the beige oval near LaGuardia Airport in Queens. “Rikers is here,” the red circles said, and below that, “#SeeRikers.” In April the project really started grabbing attention, getting write-ups in The Atlantic, Fusion and Untapped Cities. When the MTA released new maps in November to add the W line, something else was added, too: Neighborhood labels were back, and so was Rikers’ name.Read more
It’s been more than two years since The New York Times and the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara exposed a crisis of violence, deprivation and mistreatment on Rikers Island, and about 15 months since Mayor de Blasio settled a federal lawsuit by promising a raft of reforms. Since the reporting in 2014, and despite the city’s promises to fix the problem, some—including more than one elected official—have called for Rikers to close.Read more