There is a growing humanitarian crisis at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island. Today, nearly 5,600 New Yorkers continue to languish behind bars. Fourteen people have died in New York City jails this year. The vast majority of people incarcerated at Rikers are Black and Latinx, and many are held because they can’t afford bail.
New York’s District Attorneys have the power to safely release people from jails, but they haven’t done nearly enough. We’re calling on these DAs to:
Release everyone in jail facing low-level and nonviolent charges.
Rely on the city’s extensive network of community-based service providers and alternatives to incarceration programs to individually review and consider release for everyone else.
Stop requesting bail amounts that are well beyond what New Yorkers can afford.
We cannot stand by as people continue to suffer in plain sight. Add your name to join Vera, Color of Change, and dozens of organizations in calling on New York City’s five District Attorneys to use their power to decarcerate Rikers and save lives.