The Intercept"'The system constantly punishes people with the least power, which is incarcerated people and their loved ones, without actually taking any accountability for the Department of Correction themselves,' said Ashley Conrad, an organizer with Freedom Agenda..."
Gothamist"Well-resourced schools and more economic opportunities are also effective ways to reduce the jailed population, said Darren Mack, co-director of the advocacy group Freedom Agenda."
Queens Daily Eagle"Ashley Conrad, a community organizer with Freedom Agenda, said...that the proposed change to the mail system..."will continue to punish incarcerated people and their loved ones in the way that this system always has,” Conrad said. “I assure you, mail variance or not, drugs and contraband will make its way onto Rikers Island – through officers, as they mostly do.'"
Amsterdam News“'Edgardo [Mejias] was delivered a death sentence without a trial,' said Freedom Agenda Co-Director Darren Mack. 'What will it take for judges, prosecutors and police to stop churning people through this death trap, and for the mayor to stop encouraging them?'"
92Q Jams"'Why do we just say we’re going to throw our hands up and say nothing changes, and send more people here to die?' Sarita Daftary, co-director of Freedom Agenda, asked City Council members."
Gothamist"'Why do we just say we’re going to throw our hands up and say nothing changes, and send more people here to die?' Sarita Daftary, co-director of Freedom Agenda, asked City Council members."
NY Daily News“Edgardo Mejia was delivered a death sentence without a trial,” said Darren Mack, co-director of the Freedom Agenda, an advocacy group for people impacted by incarceration.“What will it take for judges, prosecutors, and police to stop churning people through this death trap, and for the mayor to stop encouraging them?”
AM NY"'Now is the time to invest in housing, treatment, and everything we know creates safety, and stop sending people to Rikers to die,'” Freedom Agenda Co-Director and former Rikers Island inmate Darren Mack said in a statement."
City Limits"Nearly every single person on Rikers Island will be released at some point. And when they get out, they will need a place to live, said Darren Mack, a formerly incarcerated organizer with the Freedom Agenda project of the Urban Justice Center."
Amsterdam News“Anna Pastoressa, a founding member of a leading campaign to close Rikers, Freedom Agenda, felt Adams’ comments calling detainees “some of the most violent offenders in the city” mischaracterized those actually held in the infamous jail... “These are presumably innocent people according to our Constitution and they are innocent until proven guilty.”