WHY DID CITY COUNCIL AGAIN CANCEL OVERSIGHT HEARING ON VIOLENT NYPD SRG GROUP?

BY: ACLU via Black Star News NEW YORK CITY – Monday morning, the NYCLU, advocates and elected officials rallied outside of City Hall demanding transparency and accountability from the NYPD Strategic Response Group (SRG). The City Council has again cancelled what would have been first-ever oversight hearing on the unit, following months of advocacy from […]

Willard facility slated to close as prison population declines

By: Jaden Edison via The CT Mirror The state will close Willard Correctional Institution in Enfield by April 1, officials said Tuesday, making the prison the third in the last two years to cease operations. With its closure, Willard will join Radgowski Correctional Center and Northern Correctional Institution on the list of state correctional facilities that have shuttered operations […]

Correctional facility in Enfield slated to close this spring, state officials say

By: Caroline Tien via CT Insider ENFIELD — One of the state’s 20 correctional institutions will shut down this spring as the prison population continues to drop. The Willard Correctional Institution at 391 Shaker Road in Enfield is scheduled to close its doors by April 1, according to a statement released by the Office of Gov. Ned […]

78 ORGANIZATIONS DENOUNCE ADAMS BUDGET PROPOSALS IN CITY COUNCIL LETTER

By: Communities United for Police Reform via Black Star News New York, NY – Wednesday, 78 organizations sent a letter calling on Speaker Adrienne Adams and the City Council to end the Mayor’s approach of unilaterally shrinking critical services while expanding the role of the NYPD and preserving NYPD budget bloat. The Mayor’s approach to […]

Deadly year in Rikers with 19 deaths in DOC custody

By: Tandy Lau via Amsterdam News Edgardo Mejias is the 19th person to die in—or shortly after in—Department of Corrections (DOC) custody this year. The 39-year-old was pronounced dead at the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island this past Sunday, Dec. 11 at approximately 5 p.m.  “Mr. Mejias’ passing fills our hearts with sadness, […]

Inmate Deaths, Threat Of Federal Takeover Will Determine The Fate Of Rikers Island

By; Alan J. Krawitz via Zenger NEW YORK — Rikers Island jail is waging its own war.  At issue is whether a federal receiver takes the reins of the jail from New York City’s control. The next hearing on Rikers’ fate is in April. However, on Nov. 17, a federal judge declined the request from lawyers, criminal-justice advocates […]

Manhattan Judge Rules Against Fed Takeover of Ailing Rikers Island  

By: Serach Nissim via The Jewish Voice On Thursday, a Manhattan Federal Judge ruled against a federal takeover of the City’s troubled jail complex, keeping it under NYC’s control for now. As reported by the NY Post, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain turned down a legal plea made by the Legal Aid Society, […]