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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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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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#CLOSErikers Campaign Confronts Mayor at Park Slope YMCA to Demand a Stronger Plan and Shorter Timeline for Shuttering the Jail Complex

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2017 CONTACT: Emily NaPier, Dir. of Public Affairs 315.243.5135 | emily@justleadershipusa.org   #CLOSErikers Campaign Confronts Mayor at Park Slope YMCA to Demand a Stronger Plan and Shorter Timeline for Shuttering the Jail Complex One week after the release of the “Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island,” dozens gather to show […]

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STATEMENT FROM LEADERS OF THE #CLOSErikers CAMPAIGN ON MAYOR BILL de BLASIO’S ROADMAP TO CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2017 CONTACT: Emily NaPier, Dir. of Public Affairs 315.243.5135 | emily@justleadershipusa.org   STATEMENT FROM LEADERS OF THE #CLOSErikers CAMPAIGN ON MAYOR BILL de BLASIO’S ROADMAP TO CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND (New York, NY) – Leaders of the #CLOSErikers Campaign issued the following statements in response to today’s announcement from New […]

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STATEMENT FROM GLENN E. MARTIN, JUSTLEADERSHIPUSA and GABRIEL SAYEGH, KATAL CENTER FOR HEALTH, EQUITY, AND JUSTICE ON MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO CLOSE RIKERS

STATEMENT FROM GLENN E. MARTIN, JUSTLEADERSHIPUSA and GABRIEL SAYEGH, KATAL CENTER FOR HEALTH, EQUITY, AND JUSTICE ON MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO CLOSE RIKERS Friday, March 31, 2017 (New York, NY) – Glenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, and gabriel sayegh, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, […]

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#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!

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