Here you will find fact sheets, whitepapers, reports, vision statements, and other documents, created by Freedom Agenda and our partners, which undergird our vision for the decarceration of NYC.

Our Reports

How to Advance and Strengthen the Plan to Close Rikers

November 19th, 2021|Resources|

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.

Partner Publications

Build Communities Platform 2.0

September 21st, 2020|Resources|

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.

Fair Chance for Housing

September 18th, 2020|Resources|

Housing provides a springboard for success and a crucial foundation for individual and family well-being. Improving access to stable, affordable, and quality housing substantially increases the likelihood that a person leaving prison or jail will be able to connect with new or existing family support, find and retain employment, and build supportive relationships. This, in turn, strengthens our communities.

A Blueprint for Ending Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

September 18th, 2020|Resources|

This document contains a blueprint for how New York City can and must end solitary confinement in all its forms throughout its jails. This blueprint reflects the experiences and expertise of people who have endured solitary, family members of people incarcerated, mental health, legal, and human rights experts, and other members of the Jails Action Coalition and the #HALTsolitary campaign.

Closing Rikers Context: Making Sense of the Fight over NYC Jails

September 17th, 2020|Resources|

The city’s jail population has been steadily declining for the past 20 years. As of last month, just more than 7,000 people were detained in NYC jails on any given day. We must address two central questions immediately: First, once Rikers is closed, what will the City’s maximum detention capacity be? Second, what will the City do with people who are detained: Where will they be held and, crucially, in what kind of conditions?

Partnership Projects

Rikers Public Memory Project

September 18th, 2020|Resources|

This project is a community-based, participatory initiative through which our collective stories about the impact of Rikers are activated to envision a more just NYC.


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