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Rampant Sex Abuse Against Women In Rikers Will Be Investigated: Mayor

By: Matt Troutman, via Patch NEW YORK CITY — Accusations of rampant sexual against hundreds of women by guards in Rikers Island that led to a combined $14.7 billion in damages sought by lawsuits will be investigated, said Mayor Eric Adams. Adams contended Tuesday that he was unaware of the scope of accusations until he […]

Jeffrion Aubry, voice of the Assembly, is leaving it after 30 years

By: Rebecca C. Lewis via City and State New York Sitting in the lobby of the Louis Armstrong Center in Corona, Queens, in mid-February, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry looked for himself in a yellowed magazine. “I know how old that is – 1972,” Aubry, 76, said of the program. “The long guy with the big […]

Advocacy groups fight to get better care for people with disabilities at Rikers

By: Ashley Mastronardi Via News 12 Bronx Danielle Shanks is speaking out about schizophrenia and Rikers. “I’ve raised my son to be this outstanding man … as a mother to see him go through this mental disease that took over and he’s not being acknowledged for who he is – he’s just being acknowledged for […]

NYC Defies Mayor Adams to Ban Solitary Confinement, Rein In NYPD

By Alexander Lekhtman, Via Filter The New York City Council has overwhelmingly approved a package of police and jail reforms, in defiance of Mayor Eric Adams (D). Now, New York Police Department officers will be required to keep regular data on the people they stop and interact with, while the city’s jails will be banned […]

What happened to Biden’s promises on criminal justice reform?

By Max Burns, Opinion Contributed via The Hill Back in his 2020 run for the White House, Joe Biden won over the skittish left in part because of his willingness to take big, bold stances on hot-button issues like criminal justice reform. From interrupting the so-called “school to prison pipeline” through boosts to mental health […]

NYC Mayor Adams pledges to close Rikers Island but wavers again over 2027 deadline

By: Elizabeth Kim and Jessy Edwards via Mayor Eric Adams is pledging to shutter the long-troubled Rikers Island jail complex but recently outlined a number of challenges that could hamper the city from meeting the legally mandated closure deadline of 2027. “Idealism can’t collide with realism,” Adams said during an interview on NY1 on Friday. “We want Rikers […]

NYC Activists Rally as Rikers Receivership Decision Delayed

By: Alexander Lekhtman via Filter Magzine On December 14, a federal judge held the New York City Department of Correction in contempt of court, as Gothamist reported, for failing to inform a federal monitor that it had placed detainees accused of arson in a specialized unit with no sprinklers in cells. “The blatant failure to communicate here […]

New York City Mayor Promotes Austerity and the Carceral State

By: Margaret Kimberley via Black Agenda Report Over the weekend, our lead organizer Melanie Dominguez joined Black Agenda radio to discuss Mayor Eric Adams’s proposed 5% budget cuts to city agencies and the negative impact they will have on Black, Brown, and low-income communities across the city. She also spoke about our campaign to shut […]