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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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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Rikers Closure Looms While Correction Officials Confront Immediate Problems

By |2024-03-11T12:43:51-04:00March 8th, 2024|News|

NY1

“We’re here because Mayor Adams proposed a budget which is a recipe for keeping Rikers open by maintaining the Department of Corrections bloated budget,” said Darren Mack, co-director, Freedom Agenda at the Urban Justice Center."
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Adams Agency Blesses Green Rikers Island While City Hall Scoffs At 2027 Shutdown Deadline

By |2024-03-11T12:42:14-04:00March 7th, 2024|News|

The City

"Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda at the Urban Justice Center and an organizer of the campaign to close Rikers, described frustration at a climate of disinvestment in city communities that rely on government for services and opportunities."
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Some Rikers Detainees Haven’t Gotten Outdoor Rec In Over A Year, Oversight Board Finds

By |2024-03-04T13:06:36-05:00February 29th, 2024|News|

Queens Daily Eagle

“Being in jail, in the first place, is inherently traumatic and not having access to recreation exacerbates that,” Darren Mack, the co-director of Freedom Agenda [part of the Urban Justice Center]."
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NYC Increases Number of Detainees To Be Held At Borough-Based Jails That Will Replace Rikers

By |2024-03-04T13:11:52-05:00February 23rd, 2024|News|

Gothamist

"Jail chaplain Victoria A. Phillips [of the Mental Health Project], another detainee advocate who signed the letter to the mayor, said women should have their own facility where they don’t risk contact with male detainees."
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