TOMORROW at 10 AM - NYC Rally to Close Rikers Island

Rikers Island, the second largest jail in the nation, has received significant media attention over the past few years due to notably harsh conditions and numerous abuses. As a result of this negative attention, there has been increasing support to shut down the facility.Tomorrow, April 14 at 10 AM at NYC's City Hall, there will be a rally to close Rikers Island. This campaign is gaining traction from all corners of the U.S., as well as social media, having spawned the Twitter hashtag #CLOSERikers. As an important piece of our criminal justice advocacy agenda, NYAPRS vigorously supports this closure. Our community has suffered unspeakably as a result of incarceration at Rikers Island, so we encourage folks to join the fight!

* The campaign site can be found here: https://www.justleadershipusa.org/closerikers/#rally

* JustLeadershipUSA - who have spearheaded the effort - has more information here: http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign

* Other articles on the topic are here:

o http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/kalief-browder-1993-2015

o http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/opinion/imagining-a-rikers-island-with-no-jail.html

o http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/opinion/shut-down-rikers-island.html