Hochul and de Blasio Issue New Rules on Rikers Crisis

September 22, 2021

Health Justice, News, Renewable Rikers

Satellite photo of Rikers Island

Mayor de Blasio announced his Emergency Rikers Relief Plan with hopes to address the abysmal conditions worsened by COVID-19 at Rikers Island. Shortly following his announcement, Gov. Hochul signed the Less is More Act; new legislation that aims to reduce sentences based on technical parole violations.

Those who have called for radical action to stop the Rikers humanitarian crisis are not impressed.

From Chelsea News:

Darren Mack, Co-Director of the Urban Justice Center’s Freedom Agenda, released a statement shortly after de Blasio’s plan was announced. Mack, who is a survivor of Rikers and a vehement activist in attempting to have the facility shut down, called the mayor’s response an “unacceptable betrayal of his promise to close Rikers and to implement the Renewable Rikers vision,” referring to de Blasio’s “failed approaches” to solving the crisis by expanding use of the jail and the role of the NYPD.

Read Chelsea News’ reporting here.

Learn more about NYLPI’s Renewable Rikers campaign here.

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