NYC Spends $116 Million a Year to Jail People Unable to Make Bail

New York City spends about $116 million annually to jail people who are unable to pay bail while awaiting trial. Read More.

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The Teenagers of Rikers Island

Superintendent of the school district that includes the Rikers Island complex, Tim Lisante is working to reimagine the possibilities for juveniles in the system – to reinstill hope and promise.   Read more here.

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Significant Drops in Juvenile Incarceration Rates

Inspiring drops in juvenile incarceration show that treating kids as kids using restorative justice works. This significant shift sets the precedent for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and its possibilities. Read more here.

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Racial Bias in NYS Prisons

Black people make up only 14 percent of New York State’s population, but almost half of its prisoners. This is an unconscionable statistic. As we push for serious criminal justice reform for our young people and for all, racial equity must be in the forefront…

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Friends Featured on NY 1

Errol Louis sits down with DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte to discuss Rikers Reform. See Friends and the Youth Reentry Network discussed at the end of the video. Watch here.

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WNYC’s Kids in Prison: A Closer Look at Juvenile Justice in NJ and NY

An issue that hits close to home. “I don’t think that we can say that one of these systems is better. They are both bad. Children should not be prosecuted in the adult system, period.” Listen here:

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Friends’ youth member Asad recounts 28 months on Rikers before acquittal

During a moment of extraordinary attention to and volatility on Rikers Island, and following a profound march that took place this past weekend in an effort to #shutitdown, The Marshall Project shared TakePart’s expose about the conditions on Rikers Island, and one of Friends’ youth…

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SUNY will ‘Ban the Box’ on College Applications

Trustees of the State University of New York system voted to eliminate questions about criminal history on college applications. The movement to ‘ban the box’ will help bring affordable higher education to people impacted by the criminal justice system. Read more about the decision here….

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