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NASW-NYC Chapter has been an organizational partner on the campaign to #CLOSErikers since its inception last April, 2016. In the past year, members have participated in marches, rallies, Lippmann Commission community meetings, calls to action, and in all facets of the campaign. Here is the official press release about the Mayor's announcement.


NASW-NYC has participated in direct actions over the past year, culminating in the one-year commemorative rally on April 24, 2017 to propose an advocacy-based timeline for action. Click here for photos from the April 24, 2017 CLOSErikers rallyClick here to view Press Release


On Sunday, April 2, 2017, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform,  headed by Judge Jonathan Lippman, and called into existence by City Council Speaker  Melissa Mark Viverito just over a year ago, released its report calling for the closing of Rikers  as an "essential step toward a more effective and more humane criminal justice system." The report contains an extensive blueprint for the accomplishment of these goals.


On June 22, 2017  Mayor de Blasio released his “Roadmap to Closing Rikers” and launched a public website announcing the creation of a Rikers Implementation Taskforce, three months after his announcement that he will close Rikers Island. You can read the #CLOSErikers campaign’s public statement on these developments linked here As an organizational partner on the campaign, we are committed to ensuring that the voices and priorities of directly impacted New Yorkers inform the work of this taskforce and the strategy for closure. We will continue to fight for a speedy closure process, that results in a transformed system that is smaller, safer, and more humane.


Below are some additional articles on this important achievement.


Rikers: The Case For Closure


Brief 1: The Isolation of Rikers


Brief 2: The Violence of Rikers


Brief 3: The Deprivation of Rikers


Brief 4:  Rikers: A Health Hazard



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