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.
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.
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The #CLOSErikers campaign was formally launched on the steps of City Hall in April 2016. A year later, we have grown in power and numbers. Our demands remain the same. Join the #CLOSErikers campaign back on the steps of City Hall to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio #CLOSErikers and #buildCOMMUNITIES NOW!
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.