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Opinion: Mayor de Blasio Must Act Now to Make ‘Renewable Rikers’ Part of His Legacy

‘This month, the mayor announced he will be reopening one of the closed jails on Rikers to accommodate the rising jail population driven by unchecked fear mongering from his police commissioner. This is the wrong move, especially under the horrific conditions in which people are currently being held.’

September 29, 2021

As NYC’s Jail Crisis Worsens, Stable Housing Could Be the Difference Between Rikers and Release

As a deepening humanitarian crisis inside the Rikers Island jail complex fuels efforts to release more detainees, a judge’s decision can come down to one key consideration: Do they have a stable address?

September 20, 2021

Transparency Needed Over Rikers Island Heat Conditions, Legal Aid Lawsuit Alleges

The Department of Correction (DOC) is refusing to disclose how it ensured the safety of inmates in its more restrictive housing units, including during a record-breaking heat wave this summer, two petitions filed in Queens court Thursday by the Legal Aid Society allege.

September 17, 2021

As Conditions at Rikers Reach Crisis Levels, Concerns About Heat Persist

Dozens of men splitting a single jug of water, sweating walls in cell units, inmates sucking air from cracks under doors—these are just some of the conditions inmates and advocates have reported from Rikers Island over the past few months. 

September 13, 2021

Opinion: In Plan to Close Rikers, Community Reinvestment is Key to Repairing Harms of Incarceration

‘For decades, criminalized communities have been calling on elected leaders to fund our schools, our parks, our hospitals, our community centers, our access to stable homes and more.’

April 1, 2021

Opinion: Want to Re-Think New York City? Start with Rikers Island.

‘We can indeed come back stronger. But this moment at history requires more: It needs us to be better than our past self. Renewable Rikers is how we improve the soul of our city.’

September 7, 2020

Hotel-Turned-Shelter for Released Rikers Detainees Faces Backlash in Fresh Meadows

Chinese residents and businesses in the neighborhood collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition against the arrangement, arguing the city should have notified the community of the plan.

July 22, 2020

Jail Reformer: City Can End Punitive Segregation, Close Rikers

A member of the Board of Correction and Mayor de Blasio’s new task force on punitive segregation is confident the city can develop a new model for managing people behind bars.

July 16, 2020

Opinion: Renewable Rikers is a Double Win for Justice

‘The closure of the Rikers jails gives us a once-in-a-generation chance to think about the infrastructure that our city needs now and will need in the future, as well as the infrastructure we currently have that harms environmental justice communities.’

November 25, 2019

Families of Rikers’ Inmates Say Closing Troubled Jail is Not Enough

‘The process is slow,’ said one mother, who’s son is being held at the infamous jail. ‘I have sat waiting in court for up to four hours only to be told at the last minute that the session is suspended.’

October 29, 2019