Katal New York Update- June 1, 2023

Disaster at Rikers: Scathing Report, Another Death, and Attempts by Mayor Adams to Limit Transparency Last Friday, we confronted Mayor Adams about the crisis at Rikers and his dangerous proposal to house asylum seekers in a decrepit closed jail there.  Several hours after we fronted the Mayor, the Federal Monitor assigned to Rikers Island issued […]

Katal Connecticut Update- May 25, 2023

In this issue:

-New Report: Fixing Connecticut’s Probation and Parole Problems
-June Connecticut Criminal Justice Statewide Call
-Quotes of the Week

[Incarcerated person] leaps to death on Rikers Island in NY. 37th death in 2 years

By; Randall via Asamnews.com Authorities at Rikers Island say an inmate identified as Rubu Zhao jumped to his death this weekend at the New York City jail, reports the Daily News. The 52-year-old accused murderer is the 37th detainee to die at the facility since early 2021. “I am saddened by the circumstances that led to […]

Connecticut incarceration rates are low, but probation rates aren’t

By: Molly Ingram via WSHU Public Radio Almost 1% of Connecticut’s population is on probation. That’s 30,000 people — and three times the amount of people incarcerated in the state. According to a new report from the Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice, the state uses probation more aggressively than its peers, and it’s causing reincarnation […]

Another prisoner has died while in custody at Rikers jail

By: Matthew Euzarraga via Pix11 News NEW YORK (PIX11) – An inmate has died while in custody at the Rikers Island Jail Complex, the Department of Correction said Wednesday. Rubu Zhao, 52, was being held in the George R. Vierno Center at Rikers when he was reported to have suffered severe injuries on Sunday, officials […]

Katal New York Update- May 4, 2023

In this issue:

-Katal Opposes Bail Reform Roll Backs in State Budget
-Rally at Foley Square to #CloseRikers
-Candice Fung Awarded Mentor of the Year
-Quotes of the week

Elected officials, community groups call for federal takeover of Rikers Island

By: News 12 Staff via News12 The Bronx Elected officials and community groups rallied outside U.S. District Court of Manhattan Thursday pushing for the federal government to take over Rikers Island. The rally happened as a judge heard statements regarding the latest federal monitor report on the correctional facility. Supporters said although it’s not the […]