steps-logo_30th_final_lowreschild-welfare-organizing-projectblacklivesmatternycgrand-street-settlement neighborhood-benches micah-institute-at-new-york-theological-seminarymiddle-collegiate-churchnyc-togetherlogonational-religious-campaign-against-torture-nrcatssdp_expanded-logo-w-tag_2016latino-justice-prldefcampaign-for-alternatives-to-isolated-confinement-caicgreater-nyc-for-change-gnycfcnew-york-communities-change-nyccmore-new sju-2refoundryamerican-civil-liberties-union-acluWebALIGNtruah-the-rabbinic-call-for-human-rightscommunity-voices-heardnjclogo_SQ1_350_350logo_2color jpg3361B9D7-C5A4-48E9-8387-86726F31DF1312F79465-408B-4A3D-9CA3-AE458D97F50Dfriends-of-island-academymxgm anti-racist-alliancecitizen-actionwest-side-commons-logoinnocence-projectnew-york-academy-of-medicine jlusa-logo-500 A85BBCFF-BC0C-4C0F-917E-45E06950D848@fordfoundation.org B4AD7BC1-C188-43C3-B65F-FB9B20BD514E@fordfoundation.orgworking-familiesyouth-represent one-thousand-arms swan eiologo exponents ccfBCBF_logo rapp enlace CSH_Color_No_tag_Websmall millionhoodies bronx-defendersidp_logoccalogo1justice-league-nycprecedential-group2color_vertical600pxcenter-for-constitutional-rightsurban-justice-centerdrive-changeExodus logofaith-in-nyincarcerated-nation-corpbronx-connectbrooklyn-defender-servicesNDS-logo-CMYK2ReThink-NYC-Main-Logo-1federal-defenders-of-new-yorkNJCDLP_logoharlem-historical-societyjails-action-coalitionmilk-not-jailscornerproject

For decades, the notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex has been marked by violence and corruption and impervious to substantive reform. The #CLOSErikers campaign, led by JustLeadershipUSA, in partnership with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, was formed in 2016 to break the political gridlock and achieve real solutions that are guided by directly impacted communities. By closing Rikers, New York City can focus on healing and rebuilding the communities where Rikers has brought suffering. The campaign to #CLOSErikers is calling for New Yorkers to boldly reimagine the city’s failed criminal justice system and become a national leader in ending mass incarceration. Join us.


A breakdown of the history of violence and corruption at Rikers Island.



Detaining a person at Rikers Island for a year costs the City (i.e., taxpayers) $208,500 per year.

A fraction of those resources could turn a person’s life around and help build communities in low-income parts of the city.
Source: NYC Independent Budget Office, 2013.

89% of Rikers Island detainees are Black or Latino.

By comparison, 53% of New York City residents are Black or Latino.
Source: Community States for Rikers Island

79% of those detained are awaiting trial.

These are people stuck in our jails because they are too poor to make bail. The remaining detainees are serving sentences of less than a year.



News. Press. Video. Photos. Stay connected to what's going on with the closure of Rikers.





#CLOSErikers Rally at City Hall – April 24, 2017

Mayor de Blasio has committed to shuttering the Rikers Island jails for good, and the Lippman Commission’s final report recommended closure, as well as concrete policy reforms to reduce incarceration in New York city and state. Join the #CLOSErikers campaign, back on the steps of City Hall, as we celebrate this historic moment, and double down on our efforts to #CLOSErikers and #buildCOMMUNITIES!

  Read more





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

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 CONTACT: Emily NaPier, Dir. of Public Affairs 315.243.5135 | emily@justleadershipusa.org   #CLOSErikers Campaign Holds Major Rally to Demand City Move Forward Immediately with Clear Plans to Close Rikers Island  One year after public launch of Campaign, and weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio announces his support to […]

  Read more

Reimagining Criminal Justice

Too many people are incarcerated in NYC. In order to #CLOSErikers, we must significantly reduce the number of people being detained there in the first place. Significant efforts to achieve this are already underway. Under pressure from many of the same groups that lead the #CLOSErikers campaign, the de Blasio administration has already committed to moving adolescents off of the Island. Advocates have pushed the City to explore new and expanded diversion systems, including connecting individuals with mental health and substance use issues to appropriate services, rather than incarceration.


Take Action

Join Our Campaign

Do you want to get involved with the #CLOSErikers Campaign?

Sign Up to Become A Member Today!

Join Our Campaign

Do you represent an organization that wants to #CLOSErikers?

View our sign-on letter and join the 90+ organizations & groups committed to closing the notorious jail complex.

View Our Letter and Sign On Today!

For Press: valrie@justleadershipusa.org

Tweet #CLOSErikers

Still much more work to be done in Kalief's and countless other's names...#CLOSErikers twitter.com/spike/status/8…