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JUSTLEADERSHIPUSA DEMANDS THAT MAYOR DE BLASIO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO IMPACTED COMMUNITIES REGARDING BOROUGH-BASED FACILITIES AND FASTER DECARCERATION IN NEW YORK

“Today’s announcement from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) is a reminder of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lack of accountability to and engagement of impacted communities. In leading up to this announcement about borough-based facilities, MOCJ has also refused to increase transparency around his appointed Justice Implementation Task Force which includes advocates partnered with the #CLOSErikers campaign; this has undermined the integrity of that Task Force and of MOCJ’s process to shut down Rikers. Additionally, MOCJ and the Mayor continue to prioritize the design of and programming within new facilities, yet they are not doing all they can to decarcerate New York City.

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, on Mayor’s Refusal to #CLOSErikers Before 10 Years

“The de Blasio Administration’s ‘plan’ to decarcerate to 5,000 people in order to close Rikers facilities by 2027 makes it clear that the Mayor remains uninterested in closure in less than 10 years. This is wholly unacceptable given that there is an achievable faster route to close Rikers, and that the longer it stays open, […]

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STATEMENT FROM BRANDON J. HOLMES, #CLOSERIKERS CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR, ON CITY COUNCIL PRESS CONFERENCE REGARDING ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION

“Today, Councilmembers Vanessa Gibson, Keith Powers, and Daniel Dromm reaffirmed the City Council’s commitment to creating effective pathways away from the criminal justice system for New Yorkers. We know that the criminal justice system harms all communities and disproportionately impacts Black people, people of color, immigrants, and people experiencing poverty. We also know that, in […]

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STATEMENT FROM #CLOSERIKERS CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR BRANDON J. HOLMES AND CAMPAIGN MEMBER ANNA PASTORESSA ON THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORT OF THE INHUMANITY AND BRUTALITY THAT VISITORS TO RIKERS ARE FORCED TO ENDURE

The following is in response to the New York Times report “Women Describe Invasive Strip Searches on Visits to City Jails”  by Jan Ransom. Anna Pastoressa, #CLOSErikers campaign member “Rights are violated. People are subjected to degrading personal violations. Any respect for the humanity, decency, or dignity of human beings is left behind when you […]

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JustLeadershipUSA and Grassroots Organizations Hold #CLOSErikers NOW Rally to Demand that Mayor de Blasio Take REAL Action to Decarcerate Rikers and Stop Mass Criminalization of Black People and POC

On Tuesday, April 24th, activists from the #CLOSErikers Campaign, partner and grassroots organizations rallied at New York City Hall to demand accountability and action from Mayor de Blasio on his commitment to reduce the jail population and shutter the horrific jail complex on Rikers Island. Communities demanded the Mayor #CLOSErikers NOW and end to the criminalization of Black […]

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STATEMENT FROM BRANDON J. HOLMES, #CLOSERIKERS CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR, ON FEDERAL MONITOR REPORT, INCREASED LEVEL OF VIOLENCE AT RIKERS ISLAND”

“Today, a report published by independent monitor Steve Martin confirmed what we already know — Rikers Island is irredeemable. With brutal tactics that would sound excessive in a war zone, Corrections Officers have proven they cannot be trusted to de-escalate violence, and are often the sole perpetrators of violence in the jail complex. “Only on […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On Misguided And Deeply Flawed Op-ed From The Manhattan Institute For Policy Research

STATEMENT FROM BRANDON J. HOLMES, #CLOSERIKERS CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR, ON MISGUIDED AND DEEPLY FLAWED OP-ED FROM THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH “Today, Rafael A. Mangual and reactionary think-tank Manhattan Institute for Policy Research released one of the most vile, flawed, and troubling opinion columns that has been written about the very real and very brutal […]

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STATEMENT FROM #CLOSErikers ON THE RECENT REPORT FROM THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON NEW YORK CITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND INCARCERATION REFORM

“The second report from the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform reaffirms the need, and offers some important recommendations for the central demand that the #CLOSErikers campaign has relentlessly and successfully organized toward for the past two years: the shuttering of the Rikers Island Jail Complex and a dramatically different […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On Mayor’s Investment To Support Women Who Are Incarcerated At Rikers

  “Directly impacted people and communities know that the problem with Rikers is Rikers, and that the only meaningful solution is to #CLOSErikers now. But as Judge Jonathan Lippman and others have pointed out, treating the people who are trapped there with dignity and respect, and working to preserve their humanity, have to be our […]

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