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VIDEO: #CLOSErikers NOW Mayor de Blasio!

“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 […]

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The #CLOSErikers Campaign stands with Councilmember Danny Dromm Against COBA Attacks

We thought after the embarrassing departure of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association’s (COBA) previous president they would stop the union’s bully-style tactics. Unfortunately, we were wrong.

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FOX5: Protesters call for closing Rikers Island

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Cries to close Rikers Island are growing. The songs of freedom turned into a full on assault of the notorious jail Sunday outside Gracie Mansion. Leaders demanded Mayor Bill de Blasio close the notorious jail marked by violence and corruption.

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#CLOSErikers Advocates And Partners To Speak At Manhattan Lippman Commission Meeting To Urge For Shut Down of Rikers Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 5, 2016 Contact: Thomas Meara | email: tmeara@kivvit.com | phone: (718) 309-3506  **MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TODAY** #CLOSERIKERS ADVOCATES AND PARTNERS TO SPEAK AT MANHATTAN LIPPMAN COMMISSION MEETING TO URGE FOR SHUT DOWN OF RIKERS ISLAND ADVOCATES SAY MEETING IS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE VOICES HEARD AND PUSH TO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND AND REIMAGINE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE […]

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Prior To Lippman Commission Hearing, #CLOSErikers Hosts Vigil Outside Gracie Mansion With Faith And Community Leaders To Urge Mayor To Close Rikers Island Jail Complex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2016 Contact: Thomas Meara | email: tmeara@kivvit.com | phone: (718) 309-3506     PRIOR TO LIPPMAN COMMISSION HEARING, #CLOSERIKERS HOSTS VIGIL OUTSIDE GRACIE MANSION WITH FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO URGE MAYOR TO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND JAIL COMPLEX Manhattan, New York – On Sunday, December 4, advocacy group #CLOSErikers hosted […]

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Rikers Island, looking east, in late June of 2016. The construction site for the new facility is the bare plot of land on the north end of the island.
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Construction of New Rikers Jail Is Officially ‘On Pause’

On Monday, New York City’s jail chief, Joseph Ponte, surprised the City Council by announcing that the plan to build a new 1,500-bed jail on Rikers Island, first reported by the Voice in October, had been placed on hold.

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Looking northwest at march against Rikers Island, 43rd Street on a sunny midday.
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#CLOSErikers Applauds DOC Decision to Halt Rikers Expansion

www.closerikers.org For Immediate Release: Contact: gabriel sayegh, 646.335.2264 November 15, 2016 #CLOSErikers Applauds DOC Decision to Halt Rikers Expansion Growing Movement Sees Announcement as Step Toward Closing Horrific Jail Complex NEW YORK: On Monday, New York City Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte stated in a City Council Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee hearing that due […]

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Rikers Island: A Dark History of New York City’s Forgotten Neighborhood

Introduction On August 4th, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a scathing report concluding that the Rikers Island Correctional Center was defined by a “deep-seated culture of violence”. During its eight decades as New York City’s primary county jail, Rikers has been characterized by corruption, poor conditions, inadequate services, overcrowding and violence–yet the island’s dark […]

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