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Opinion: Borough Jails Must Move Forward, With Guidance From Impacted People

By |2024-06-17T15:29:38-04:00June 12th, 2024|News|

City Limits

"When the state takes away a person’s liberty, it bears a serious obligation to provide them proper care, and the built environment is a big part of that." - Ashley Abadia-Santiago Conrad, Senior Community Organizer
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Will NYC Make it Easier to Find a Home After Jail?

By |2024-06-17T15:27:38-04:00May 23rd, 2024|News|

City Limits

"Having housing available for people leaving jail is key to achieving this goal, according to Victor Herrera, an organizer with Freedom Agenda, an anti-carceral organization with the Close Rikers campaign."
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New York City’s $7 Billion Jail Construction Project Delayed Beyond 2027 Deadline

By |2024-05-20T12:17:21-04:00May 19th, 2024|News|

Digital Chew

“On the Mayor’s watch, 31 people have died and countless others have experienced abuse, neglect, and violence at the Rikers Island penal colony,” commented Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.
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Op-Ed: New York City Must Move Forward on Closing Rikers with a Budget that Invests in Care, not DOC Budget Bloat

By |2024-05-20T12:15:29-04:00May 19th, 2024|News|

Freedom Agenda

"Last year...the City Council reaffirmed its commitment to the plan to close Rikers by 2027 and establish a smaller borough-based jail system to reduce incarceration and improve conditions for incarcerated people...it seems Mayor Eric Adams’ determination to stall the plan has not changed either."
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‘A Little Perplexed’: Questions Raised Over City’s $4 Billion Contract for Construction of Queens Jail

By |2024-05-20T12:20:04-04:00May 17th, 2024|News|

Queens Eagle

“There is a realistic plan for reducing the jail population to meet the target of fewer than 3,300 individuals incarcerated in city jails, and a critical component is prioritizing decarceration of people with mental health concerns and expanding supportive housing and community mental health supports,” Jennifer Parish, the director of Criminal Justice Advocacy at Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project.
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Four Billion Dollars and Four Years Late: Queens Jail is Over Budget and Behind Schedule

By |2024-05-13T15:22:00-04:00May 8th, 2024|News|

Queens Eagle

“There is a realistic plan for reducing the jail population to meet the target of fewer than 3,300 individuals incarcerated in city jails, and a critical component is prioritizing decarceration of people with mental health concerns and expanding supportive housing and community mental health supports,” said Jennifer J. Parish, the director of Criminal Justice Advocacy at Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project
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Advocates Slam Proposed 2031 Deadline to Complete New jails in Queens, Bronx

By |2024-05-29T11:46:28-04:00May 8th, 2024|News|

AM NY

“The city has a legal and moral obligation to close Rikers by 2027. That deadline is not optional,” said Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.
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New Jails in Bronx, Queens on Track to Open Four Years After Deadline to Close Rikers Island

By |2024-05-13T15:19:54-04:00May 7th, 2024|News|

NY Daily News

“This administration has consistently undermined its legal and moral obligation to close Rikers and complete construction of the borough-based jail system by the mandated deadline of 2027,” said Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.
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Eric Adams is the Second Coming of Rudy Giuliani

By |2024-05-29T11:48:16-04:00April 11th, 2024|News|

NY Daily News

"Under Adams, New York City has experienced a collapse of its social safety net all the while draconian punitive measures balloon." - This op-ed was written by Darren Mack, the co-director of UJC's Freedom Agenda. 
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