Thursday, October 28, 2021

Protesters rally outside NYC City Hall calling for Rikers Island shutdown

Protesters gathered outside New York City Hall on Wednesday to demand the closure of Rikers Island Prison.

New York Attorney General Letitia James felt upset after visiting the beleaguered prison with other officers on Tuesday.

Prisoners have been attacking security guards, other prisoners, and many officers feel unsafe, many of whom are sick and unable to come to work.

“Today, I visited Rikers Island with District Attorneys Clark, Katz and Gonzalez, and I was deeply disturbed by what we saw. Over the years, Rikers has been plagued by procrastination, neglect, and violence, and it’s clear that we’re having a breaking point. Got to the point,” James said.

She was citing Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

“These conditions have led to an unprecedented and devastating number of deaths, and action is desperately needed. I am examining all legal options in my office to deal with this dire situation immediately.”

Rikers Island Guard Prisoner Fight
Video footage shows a prisoner from Rikers Island fighting with a guard, and no one comes to help. (NY Department of Corrections)

He and his office are looking at the possibility of taking legal action to deal with the crisis.

Four members of Congress, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler, Jamal Bowman, and New York Democrats, all New York Democrats, have called for the release of prisoners following the death of an inmate at Rikers Island this year, marking the 11th death. called for release. .

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On September 18, New York Governor Cathy Hochul ordered the immediate release of 191 inmates from the troubled Rikers Island Correctional Facility, stating that the individuals in question had served their debts to society, but “returned to prison due to There were “technical” parole violations.

Hochul announced at a September 17 event at which he signed into law the Less Is More Community Supervision and Revocation Reform Act, a criminal justice reform measure meant to reduce instances of parolees, which he called “technical violations”. “As described. Parole conditions, such as missing curfew or failing a drug test.

“Often, in this state in particular, parole becomes a ticket back to jail because of very technical violations. Someone was caught with a drink, or using a substance, or missing… an appointment We call these technical breaches, and what it does is that it takes people back to the place where they eventually paid their debts and were released,” Houchul said at the sign.

Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.

Enrico Trigoso

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Enrico Trigoso is an Epoch Times reporter with a focus on the NYC area.

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