Protesters demand feds take over Rikers as federal judge’s decision looms

By:  Roger Stern and Brian Brant via 1010 Wins NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — It wasn’t just about who controls Rikers Island, though protesters in Foley Square said they want a federal takeover — it’s about closing the jail for good. Melanie Dominguez, who spoke at the Katal Center for Equity, Health and Justice rally on Thursday, is […]

Federal Judge Kicks Rikers Receivership Question Down Road

By Reuven Blau via The City Despite a spike in violence and deaths in city jails, a federal judge Thursday rejected demands from inmate advocates to strip control of jails from the City Hall by transferring the Department of Correction to a “receiver.” Laura Taylor Swain, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for […]

Judge rules to allow NYC to continue attempts to reform Rikers Island

By Eyewitness News via ABC7NY LOWER MANHATTAN (WABC) — A federal judge will allow the city to continue in its attempts to reform Rikers Island, concluding that putting the troubled jail in receivership would be premature. Corrections Commissioner Louis Molina admitted to the judge during a hearing in federal court Thursday that there are problems, but […]

Katal Responds to Federal Court Ruling on Receivership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 17, 2022 Contact:  Yonah Zeitz, yonah@katalcenter.org | (347) 201-2769 Follow on Twitter @KatalCenter | #BailReformNY Katal Responds to Federal Court Ruling on Receivership New York, NY: Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain denied the request to appoint a federal receiver to take over the NYC jail system from […]

Opinion: Rikers Crisis Demands Federal Receiver

By: Gabriel Sayegh via City Limits Like a fire out of control, the crisis continues in New York City’s jail system, especially at Rikers Island. So far this year, 18 human beings have died in the city’s jails—the most since 2013, when twice as many people were behind bars there. The New York Times now maintains […]

Rikers can continue to be operated by NYC, judge rules

By; James Ford via InformNY.com LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A federal judge ruled at the close of the court day on Thursday that Rikers Island can continue to operate as it has for the last seven years, with the City of New York handling its day-to-day operations, under the observation of a federal monitor.  The […]

PRESS RELEASE – Rikers is in Crisis Rally 11.17.22

**PRESS RELEASE** November 17, 2021 Contact:  Yonah Zeitz – 347-201-2768 | yonah@katalcenter.org,  Follow online: #CutShutInvestNY #CloseRikers | @katalcenter People Impacted by Rikers, with Elected Officials and Community Groups, Rally Outside of the Courthouse in Support of the Federal Takeover and Demand Closure of Rikers Island  Humanitarian Crisis on Rikers Grows after 18th Death this Year  […]