Our plan to close Rikers: Decarcerate. Defend. Divest & Re-distribute.
Here, we outline specific, actionable ways to fulfill our complete vision of closing Rikers, from Jail Closure to Decarceration, Defending the Rights of Incarcerated People, and Divestment & Redistribution. The vision for eradicating Rikers and what it represents came from those most impacted by mass incarceration, but the moral responsibility for getting it done lies with all of us - and especially those who have been entrusted with elected office.
This tipsheet outlines ways to reframe conversations about aligning NYC's budget - and jobs connected to it - with our values, drawing on the work advocates and communities are doing to realize that shift.
This brief report outlines why the Mayor and City Council must act immediately to cut DOC's inflated budget, for the safety of people in their custody, and for the good of our communities.
This infographic walks voters through crucial questions, posed by formerly incarcerated people, that 2021 candidates must answer about their commitment to closing the Rikers Island jails and addressing conditions of confinement for anyone detained in New York City.
Developed while our staff were at JLUSA. We will continue to advocate for these investments, to make our city one that lives our values of equity and justice by acknowledging the vast resources that decades of mass incarceration have extracted from Black, Brown, and poor communities, and starting today to address that legacy by investing in all of the things we know work to create true safety.