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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New York City Develops Plan to Move 16- and 17-Year-Olds off Rikers Island.

July 21, 2016 New York City is developing a plan to move all adolescents (ages 16 and 17) off Rikers Island over the next four years: an effective policy response to a draconian law that places 16-year-olds in adult custody. Basic human dignity, however, requires…

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Young People on Rikers still in Solitary Confinement

All four of the young people profiled in this story have one thing in common – they all went to Rikers Island once before, as teenagers, only to be readmitted later on. Read more in this feature from the New York Times.

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National Reentry Week

The federal Department of Justice announced that this will be National Reentry Week, dedicated to addressing the needs and championing the successes of citizens returning home from custody. We applaud the government for giving attention to this issue, and for taking steps to rectify lack…

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