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Should Solitary Confinement Be Banned? New York City Mayor Eric Adams Says This

By |2024-01-29T15:33:28-05:00December 18th, 2023|News|

The Root

"Brandon Rodriguez died by suicide at Rikers island in 2021. Last year, his mother, [Freedom Agenda member] Tamara Carter, testified in support of the [solitary confinement] ban at a City Council hearing last year."
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New York City Moves to Ban Solitary Confinement, Defying Mayor Adams

By |2024-01-29T15:24:08-05:00December 18th, 2023|News|

NY Times

"[Freedom Agenda member] Tamara Carter, whose son Brandon Rodriguez died by suicide at Rikers in 2021, testified in support of the ban [on solitary confinement] at a City Council hearing last year."
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NYC Mayor Adams Pledges to Close Rikers Island But Wavers Again Over 2027 Deadline

By |2024-01-29T15:30:33-05:00December 17th, 2023|News|

Gothamist

"Darren Mack, cofounder of Freedom Agenda, a nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated people and their communities, said Adams could show he’s serious about closing Rikers by meeting this month’s land-transfer deadline under the 2021 Renewable Rikers Act."
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New Boss Named For Troubled Rikers Island Jails As Possible Federal Takeover Looms

By |2023-12-11T11:46:48-05:00December 8th, 2023|News|

Gothamist

"Darren Mack, the co-director of criminal justice reform organization Freedom Agenda, said Rikers was irredeemable “no matter who is running it.”
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Advocates Host Town Hall To Discuss Mental Health, Incarceration

By |2023-12-11T11:51:48-05:00December 4th, 2023|News|

News 12

“The public health aspect is people with mental health conditions are not getting adequate care, especially in prison you're not gonna get that so we're trying to change that whole system,” said Marco Barrios, a representative from the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project."
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Mental Health, Legal System To Intersect At Neighborhood House

By |2023-12-11T11:49:38-05:00December 1st, 2023|News|

Riverdale Press

“I know there are lots of people in the community that already care about these issues,” said Ryan Acquaotta, the campaign coordinator for the Freedom Agenda..."It’s not just demanding more police, more weapons, more surveillance, more cages. We also need more housing, more treatment, more jobs, more health care and education.”
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Open Criminal Courts Report Finds At Most 6% of New York Criminal Court Decisions Are Published

By |2023-12-04T13:15:31-05:00November 27th, 2023|News|

Reinvent Albany

"Darren Mack, co-Director of Freedom Agenda, a project of the Urban Justice Center: “New York’s courts, like Rikers Island, live largely out of sight and out of mind for most New Yorkers. And when the people don’t know what’s going on, there can be no accountability."
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Behind 94 Acts of Shocking Violence, Years of Glaring Mistakes

By |2023-11-27T13:38:07-05:00November 20th, 2023|News|

NY Times

"When [Freedom Agenda member] Nathaniel Evans, 51, started as a peer specialists for one of those teams, run by a nonprofit called CASES, in 2019, he shared a caseload of more than five dozen people, he said. One of his clients was a man named Elijah Muhammad."
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Rally Held to Call for Justice for Inmates Who Have Died on Rikers Island

By |2023-11-27T13:34:28-05:00November 18th, 2023|News|

CBS News

"I got the worst call September 22nd that my son was dead. I didn’t get a call from DOC. I didn’t get a call from any commissioner. I got a call from a friend in there that was frantic,” [Freedom Agenda member Lezandre Khadu] said."
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Mayor Adams Shuffles Louis Molina From DOC Commissioner To Assistant Deputy Mayor For Public Safety

By |2023-11-13T14:32:08-05:00November 9th, 2023|News|

Amsterdam News

Freedom Agenda co-founder Darren Mack, a member of the Campaign to Close Rikers, believes the jail complex cannot be reformed regardless of who takes over. “I hope that this mayor appoints a new commissioner who clearly understands that Rikers can’t be fixed,” he said.
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