New York City has already agreed to close Rikers by 2027, but the people incarcerated there simply can’t wait any longer for conditions to improve.
There is a clear solution: it's time to appoint a federal receiver and ensure that New York City delivers on its commitment to close Rikers Island and end persistent human rights abuses in its horrific jails. Add your name and help spread the word.
If you’d like to continue this work, please reach out directly to your city council member and NYC Mayor Eric Adams and share your thoughts. You can join Vera in pushing Mayor Adams to focus on decarceration and real investments in community-based treatment programs and social services that keep our communities more stable and safe.