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Opinion: I’m Writing This From Rikers Island. I Hope You Get the Help I Didn’t

‘I’m telling my story in the hope that fewer people like me, struggling with drug use and mental health issues, end up in here. I am writing to ask the New York State government to pass the Treatment Not Jail Act, which would mean people who get arrested because they really need help actually get treatment, and not jail.’

October 4, 2021