Following Bombshell Report on COVID Deaths on Rikers Island, Officials Must Address the Deadly Conditions That Persist in Jails and Prisons

March 8th, 2021|

Today, THE CITY reported on an unreleased Board of Correction (BOC) investigation into three deaths that occurred in Department of Correction (DOC) custody last year. The men died at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in conditions exacerbated by a series of DOC failures, the report shows


NDS Harlem Calls on New York to Vaccinate Incarcerated People Now

January 14th, 2021|

As the pandemic’s latest wave rages, with New York City’s COVID positivity rate now at more than 9 percent, the state has two solutions before it, which must be pursued in tandem: vaccinate every incarcerated person and reduce the jail and prison population. The consequences of inaction would be catastrophic.


More than 70 Incarcerated Women and Transgender New Yorkers at Rikers Island Release Petition Protesting Transfers to Upstate Prisons

October 18th, 2021|Tags: |

Contact: Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society ( Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem ( Sarah Duggan, Brooklyn Defender Services ( Emily Whitfield, The Bronx Defenders ( Lupe [...]


Elected Officials Detail Illegal, Deadly Conditions Inside Rikers Island Following Visit

September 18th, 2021|Tags: |

“It is impossible to overstate how dangerous - and ultimately deadly - the conditions facing New Yorkers on Rikers Island are. Quite simply: DOC is holding people in illegal conditions, denying New Yorkers their rights, and as a result people have died

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