New Yorkers to NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio: Close Rikers NOW (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)!

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Monday, April 24, 2017. New York City – A group of New Yorkers gathered at City Hall to demand that the NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, close the Rikers Island jail now, not in 10 years.

Press release from the organizers; “New York, NY – Hundreds of members of the #CLOSErikers campaign gathered today at City Hall to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio take immediate action on his commitment to close Rikers Island. Advocates declared the Mayor’s proposed ten-year timeline to close Rikers is too long. They demanded the Mayor appoint someone to lead a speedy process of closing the facility, put forward a serious plan for closure, and immediately act on criminal justice reforms to reduce the Rikers population.

One year ago, the #CLOSErikers campaign held its public launch on the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to close the notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex. Last month, after years of insisting that it was impossible, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that closing Rikers is now the official policy of New York City. After a year of relentless advocacy, #CLOSErikers members celebrated the campaign’s central role in changing the Mayor’s position.

The #CLOSErikers campaign is urging public officials to prioritize reducing the number of people detained on Rikers and quickly shutter the jail complex once and for all. Earlier this month, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform – known as the Lippman Commission — released a sweeping report outlining a comprehensive set of recommendations at the city and state level for closing Rikers. The campaign called on the Mayor, City Council, Governor Cuomo, and the state legislature to take up the report and act quickly to make closing Rikers a reality.” Read more here.

4/24/2017 NYC - "Progressives don't spend this kind of money to torture people." - @glennEmartin Photo by the Close Rikers campaign.
4/24/2017 NYC – “Progressives don’t spend this kind of money to torture people.” – @glennEmartin
Photo by the Close Rikers campaign.

Neoyorquinos al alcalde de la ciudad de Nueva York Bill De Blasio: ¡Cierra Rikers AHORA!

Lunes, 24 de Abril, 2017. Nueva York – Un grupo de neoyorquinos se reunieron en el Ayuntamiento para exigir que el alcalde de la ciudad de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, cierre la cárcel de Rikers Island ahora, no en 10 años.

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