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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 […]

New York City Has Days to Agree On Plan to Combat Rikers Abuses

By: Alexander Lekhtman via Filter Magazine federal judge is demanding that New York City take rapid action over conditions in its Rikers Island jail complex. The jail is supposed to be shut down by 2027, but remains rife with severe violence, abuse, and other human rights concerns. All eyes are now on New York Mayor […]

Federal Monitor Chides City Jails Brass for Increased Violence, Lies

By: Reuven Blau via The City As pressure mounts for the city to turn things around at Rikers Island, Department of Correction Commissioner Louis Molina and his staff tried to hide multiple assaults as jail conditions “have only worsened,” according to the latest report by a judge-appointed watchdog. “The jails remain dangerous and unsafe, characterized […]

Department of Correction: 8th person dies at Rikers Island this year

By: News 12 Staff via News12 Brooklyn Department of Correction: 8th person dies at Rikers Island this year Aug 22, 2023, 1:27pmUpdated 23h ago By: News 12 Staff 0:13 / 1:59 1:59 An eighth person has died this year at Rikers Island on Tuesday, according to the New York City Department of Correction. The DOC said Donny Ubiera, 33, was […]

Correcting corrections: Federal judge plans to hear out Rikers receivership arguments

By: Tandy Lau via Amsterdam News Rikers Island is legally-mandated to close by 2027. But before then, receivership—which temporarily wrests control over the embattled jail from the city—is now on the table as federal judge Laura Taylor Swain opened the door to arguments for the move this past Thursday, Aug. 10. Before the key hearing, […]

The future of Rikers Island

By: Hazel Sanchez, Dan Mannarino, Veronica Rosario via PIX11 NEW YORK (PIX11) – The fate of Rikers Island is in the hands of a federal judge Thursday, who will start hearing arguments on whether or not the jail should be taken over by the feds. Henry Robinson, who spent three months on Rikers Island, and Melanie Dominguez, […]