Gothamist“Detainee Brandon Rodriguez [son of Freedom Agenda member Tamara Carter] died by suicide in such a shower last year, and people can be held inside these stalls for as long as a day, according to NBC New York.”
AM NY“What do judges and prosecutors have to say to the thousands of New Yorkers who are terrified that their loved one will be the next to die on Rikers?” said Darren Mack, Co-Director of Freedom Agenda.“
NY1"Last year, 16 people passed away in the city’s jail system, including 25-year-old Brandon Rodriguez, who died by suicide. In a recent interview, Rodriguez’ mother, [UJC Freedom Agenda member] Tamara Carter, told NY1 she believed her son was “broken by being in there.”
NBC NY"[UJC Freedom Agenda member] Tamara Carter’s son, Brandon Rodriguez, 25, committed suicide last year while locked inside a decontamination shower. She has also filed notice she intends to sue. 'I can’t imagine what my son went through,” Carter said."
‘We come out here over and over again:’ Advocates call for Rikers Island closure amid rising death toll
AM NY“It’s supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, not innocent until found dead in a cell on Rikers,” Brian Carmichael of UJC's Freedom Agenda said.
NY1"Last August, [Tamara] Carter [a UJC Freedom Agenda member] lost her son on Rikers Island....Brandon Rodriguez was 25 years old when he took his own life in an isolated shower pen."
AM NY“What DOC and the courts are failing to admit is that we are in a human rights emergency. The chronic staff absenteeism continues while DA’s and judges are unnecessarily sending people to a potential death sentence. New York City’s communities need accountability, decarceration, and ultimately closure of the jails,” [UJC's] Freedom Agenda Co-Director Darren Mack said in a statement.
Coaliciones de NY exigen a Alcalde Adams que acelere el cierre de Rikers: “Este año el infierno está peor”
El Diario“Darren Mack, director de la organización Freedom Agenda agregó que el Departamento de Correcciones de la Ciudad de Nueva York sigue “violando implacablemente los estándares mínimos de la Junta Correccional, la ley estatal y los Derechos Humanos”.
News 12“Co-Director of the UJC Freedom Agenda Darren Mack called on the mayor to help put an end to Rikers Island once and for all, stating that the facility cannot be reformed.”
AM NY"Co- Director of the [UJC] Freedom Agenda Darren Mack called on the mayor to help put an end to Rikers Island once and for all, stating that the facility cannot be reformed."