Rikers Reform

19 Nov “Its inconcievable that something that we KNOW is ending prison rape should not be allowed because of the Prison Rape Elimination Act that doesn’t make any sense.”

Mik Kinkead of the Sylvia RIvera Law Project on the topic of what the PREA standards say about the Trans Gender Housing Unit: "SRLP maintains that the National PREA Standards DO actually allow for a voluntary Trans-Gender Health Unit. I am aware that the Dept of...

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06 Jul Brittany Kathryn Knapp Headlines Visions of Confinement Exhibition

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24 Feb A LOOK AT THE TUG OF WAR OVER CLOSING RIKERS

The recent brouhaha began when, at her State of the City address,  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced proposals to reform Rikers and other laws to shrink its population so that it could eventually be shut down.   Governor Cuomo added his support  by calling her...

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02 Nov JAILS ACTION COALITION PENS LETTER TO BOC IN RESPONSE TO DOC’S BELATED TESTIMONY ENTERED IN SUPPORT OF ITS RULE CHANGE PROPOSALS TO THE BOC CHARTER

  JAC Letter to Board 11.2.2015 - Rulemaking [caption id="attachment_800" align="alignnone" width="300"] SIGN-ON to our LETTER[/caption] November 2, 2015 Stanley Brezenoff, Chair Members of the Board of Correction 1 Centre Street, Room 2213 New York, NY 10007 Dear Chair Brezenoff and Members of the Board: We write in response to the Testimony of Commissioner...

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15 Oct PETITION: SHUT DOWN RIKERS ISLAND

We call on you, Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and Department of Correction Commissioner Ponte to immediately shut down Rikers Island. It is a factory of human rights abuses that cannot be reformed. The Department of Correction has created a system that enables widespread physical...

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