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statement from leaders of the #closerikers campaign on mayor bill de blasio’s roadmap to closing rikers island

STATEMENT FROM LEADERS OF THE #CLOSErikers CAMPAIGN ON MAYOR BILL de BLASIO’S ROADMAP TO CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND   Thursday, June 22, 2017 (New York, NY) – Leaders of the #CLOSErikers Campaign issued the following statements in response to today’s announcement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about his “Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island.” Glenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA said, “It’s been nearly three months since […]

katal newsletter – june 22, 2017

In this issue: Lorenzo Jones to Keynote NC Overdose Conference Statement from #CLOSErikers Campaign on Mayor’s Roadmap for Rikers NY Governor and Senate Majority Fail to Act on Speedy Trial Reform lorenzo jones to keynote nc overdose conference  Lorenzo Jones, Katal’s Co-Executive Director and co-founder, will be the keynote speaker at the Opioid Misuse and […]

nc bill limiting availability of prescription pain killers signed into law

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Thursday a bill that more closely regulates the prescribing of pain killers, which state officials say has resulted in an increase in addiction and helped fuel an opioid crisis that is killing an average of more than 3 people a day in North Carolina. The Strengthen Opioid […]

de blasio moves on rikers – but hedges on jail relocations

Nothing about Rikers Island is easy for Bill De Blasio. Two months after responding to activist pressure and dropping his longstanding resistance to a shutdown of the troubled prison complex, de Blasio released the framework of a plan to do just that. But just as quickly, he seemed to pass the buck — suggesting on […]

mayor quietly releases plan to close rikers; criticism follows

RIKERS ISLAND, Queens — It’s one of the very largest jails in the country, but as of Thursday morning, a plan to shut down Rikers Island was officially released by Mayor Bill De Blasio. It was a decidedly soft release, with little fanfare and with the mayor not talking about it publicly, except to respond on a […]