NYC JAILS WANT TO BAN PHYSICAL MAIL, THEN PRIVATIZE SCANNING OF DIGITAL VERSIONS

By |2023-01-30T18:25:28+00:00January 23rd, 2023|News|

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..."
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Rikers Island is supposed to close in 2027, so why is Mayor Adams talking about ‘Plan B?’

By |2023-01-23T19:30:34+00:00January 16th, 2023|News|

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."
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No word yet on jail officials’ controversial plan to intercept detainee mail

By |2023-01-23T19:50:42+00:00January 11th, 2023|News|

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.'"
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Deadly year in Rikers with 19 deaths in DOC custody

By |2022-12-19T18:07:44+00:00December 15th, 2022|News|

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?'"
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DOC Commissioner Says Too Many People In Rikers Island To Close It Down

By |2022-12-19T18:23:07+00:00December 14th, 2022|News|

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."
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Close Rikers? Correction officials say they may have too many New Yorkers to incarcerate.

By |2022-12-19T18:12:25+00:00December 13th, 2022|News|

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."
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Rikers Island shoplifting suspect dies of suspected overdose, 19th death in NYC jails this year

By |2022-12-12T19:44:00+00:00December 12th, 2022|News|

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?”
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Prisoner found dead on Rikers Island, bringing DOC death toll to new, staggering high

By |2022-12-19T18:20:38+00:00December 12th, 2022|News|

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."
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NYC Needs Thousands of Apartments for the Formerly Incarcerated. 50 Face Furious Opposition

By |2022-12-05T17:32:24+00:00December 5th, 2022|News|

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."
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Turkey Day at Rikers

By |2022-12-05T17:38:49+00:00December 1st, 2022|News|

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.”
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