2018 Media Highlights

·         2/16/18  – Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Plan to enlarge & redesign Brooklyn House of Detention moves forward with Council deal

·         2/7/18  – Urban Omnibus: Siting Rikers’ Replacements

·         2/6/18  – WNYC: Probation and Parole and Mass Incarceration

·         1/4/18  – Bronx Free Press: First Rikers Island Jail to close

·         1/4/18  – NBC News: New York's notorious Rikers Island jail moves slowly toward closing

·         1/4/18  – Times Ledger: City will close first jail on Rikers Island this summer

·         1/4/18  – Amsterdam News: First step: de Blasio announces Rikers Island jail closure 

·         1/3/18  – Brooklyn Eagle: NYC's Thorny Issue: More prisons, fewer prisoners using old tactic: Decentralize

·         1/2/18  – Observer: NYC Takes First Major Step in Shuttering Notorious Rikers Island Prison Complex

·         1/2/18  – Qns: De Blasio announces he will close the first of nine jails on Rikers Island this summer

Post-Report Release 2017 Media Highlights

·         12/27/17 – Democracy Now: Outgoing NY City Council Speaker on Her Work to Close Rikers, Expand Living Wage, Protect Immigrants (TV) 

·         12/13/17 – AIANY: The Future of NYC Jails -- Closing Rikers Island and Beyond

·         12/13/17 – NY Daily News: De Blasio's major Rikers failure (Op-Ed)

·         12/10/17 – The Honorable Jonathan Lippman -- Relocating Riker's Island going too slow (Podcast) 

·         12/7/17 – Queens Chronicle: Councilwoman Crowley's committee hits city on Rikers plan

·         12/7/17 – Gotham Gazette: What's the [Data] Point? 10, with Michael Jacobson (Podcast)

·         12/4/17 – NY 1: NYC Moving Ahead with Plan to close Rikers Within 10 Years

·         12/4/17 – City Limits: Council Committee Grills Mayor's Team on Plan to Close Rikers

·         12/4/17 – Wall Street Journal: NYC Defends Progress in Closing Rikers Jail Complex

·         12/4/17 – NY Post: Former state judge: NYC moving too slow to close Rikers 

·         11/30/17 – CUNY Criminal Justice Matters: Bill Moyers: Rikers and Justice (TV)

·         11/30/17 – NPR: Despite Scrutiny, Rikers Island's 'Culture Of Violence' Persists, Report Says

·         11/28/17 – The Washington Post: Our cash bail system isn't working. We can fix it. (Op-Ed) 

·         11/24/17 – The Atlantic: The Failure of New York’s Bail Law

·         11/22/17 – New York Daily News: Judges told to build kinder courtrooms under city's new program

·         11/21/17 – Governing: To Reduce Recidivism, New York City Tries a Bold New Approach

·         11/20/17 – Gotham Gazette: City Council Ends Term with Flurry of Oversight Hearings

·         11/20/17 – New York Daily News: Move swiftly to reimagine Rikers Island (Op-Ed) 

·         11/16/17 – Poughkeepsie Journal:  State ignores bail reform at a stiff price to justice

·         11/16/17 – New York Daily News: De Blasio takes first step in shutting down Rikers by looking for consultants

·         11/16/17 – City Limits: The Three Questions NYC Must Answer if it is Serious About Closing Rikers

·         11/15/17 – Times Union: A big disadvantage for New York defendants

·         11/15/17 – New York Daily News: Reforms are on the way to improve delivery of justice and reduce jail spending

·         11/8/17 – The Marshall Project: New York Courts Say: Hand It Over

·         11/6/17 – Prison Legal News: The Elusive Dream: Closing Rikers Island

·         11/2/17 – New York Daily News: Jail workers should get on the Rikers closure bandwagon: The old facility is awful for them, too (Op-Ed) 

·         10/26/17 – AM New York: It's Time for Action in Rikers (Op-Ed)

·         10/24/17 – Amsterdam News: Reforming our bail system and empowering our disenfranchised communities (Op-Ed)

·         10/24/17 – City & State: Our Shared Vision of a Post-Rikers New York (Op-Ed)

·         10/19/17 – Gotham Gazette: As We Close Rikers, Setting Our Sights on Essential State-Level Reforms (Op-Ed) 

·         10/18/17 – New York Daily News: Scott Stringer backs closing Rikers faster than de Blasio’s plan

·         10/11/17 – Wall Street Journal: New York City Jails Often Manage ‘Troublesome’ Inmates with Force, Federal Monitoring Team Finds

·         10/11/17 – The Brooklyn Ink: Brooklyn Detention Center faces the spotlight if Rikers closes

·         10/10/17 – The Crime Report: Imprisoning the Mentally Ill: America’s ‘Shameful Tragedy’

·         10/10/17 – Politico: Federal monitor report shows rate of progress reform at Rikers remains slow

·         10/7/17 – New York Daily News: A jail is not a hospital (Op-Ed)  

·         10/6/17 – CUNY TV: Closing Rikers: Where Should New Jails Go? (TV Interview)

·         10/5/17 – Queens Chronicle: Pols support Kew jail reactivation proposal

·         10/5/17 – Courthouse News: Broken Bail System in NYC Drives Civil Rights Claims

·         10/5/17 – NY1: Rikers Activists: Ten Years is too long (TV Interview) 

·         10/3/17 – New York Nonprofit Media: Nonprofits help shift Mayor de Blasio’s opinion on closing Rikers, Commission leaders say

·         10/3/17 – DNA Info: Reopen Kew Gardens Jail Under Plan to Close Rikers, Politicians Urge Mayor

·         10/2/17 – New York Daily News: De Blasio eyes ‘ideal’ Queens site for new jail as Rikers closes

·         10/2/17 – Qns: Lawmakers believe former Kew Gardens detention center would eliminate need for community jails if Rikers Island closes  

·         10/1/17 – New York Daily News: Queens pols support site for new jail in their borough

·         9/27/17 – City & State: How we can make New York City’s bail system fairer right now

·         9/13/17 – New York Daily News: Advocacy group to forge ahead with efforts to see Rikers closed

·         8/30/17 – BRONXNET: Ana Oliveira speaks with Daren Jaime (TV Interview)

·         8/29/17 – New York Times: To Shrink Jail Population, a Bail Program is Expanding

·         8/24/17 –  New York Daily News: Cuomo cites inmates' assault charges as proof to shut Rikers

·         8/9/17 – New York Daily News: State Sen. Gianaris pushes for New York bail system reform bill

·         8/8/17 – WNYC: How American Can Cut the U.S. Prison Population in Half (Podcast)

·         7/27/17 – DNA Info: Bronx BP Calls for Bail Reform After Teen Freed From Rikers by Advocates

·         7/25/17 – Al Jazeera: #CloseRikers: Why shutting the most infamous jail in the US matters (Podcast)

·         7/19/17 – Gotham Gazette: Rikers May Close. So Should Attica (Op-Ed)

·         7/17/17 – Architectural Digest: Here’s How Rikers Island Could Be Improved by Good Design

·         7/14/17 – Gothamist: Rikers Replacement Proposal Calls for Local ‘Justice Hubs’ With Roof Decks, Patios

·         7/13/17 – City Lab: Designing the Opposite of Rikers

·         7/13/17 – Curbed New York: In lieu of Rikers, advocates propose ‘justice hubs’ with art studios, community gardens

·         7/12/17 – New York Daily News: Rikers can close in less than a year (Op-Ed)

·         6/29/17 - New York Nonprofit Media: Women and Rikers (Podcast)

·         6/29/17 – DNAinfo: Brooklyn House of Detention Could Expand to Aid Rikers Closure: Official

·         6/26/17 – Newsweek: Should New York City Just Throw Away the Key to Rikers Island?

·         6/26/17 – City & State: Torture Island: Glenn Martin On What To Do With Rikers (Podcast)

·         6/23/17 – Fordham Law News: Former NY Chief Judge and Author of Rikers Report Calls for Prison’s Closure at Gathering of Judges of Color

·         6/22/17 – New York Times: De Blasio to Unveil Plan for Rikers While Warning It ‘Will Not Be Easy’

·         6/22/17 – DNA Info: Mayor Releases ‘Long and Difficult’ Plan to Shutter Rikers in 10 Years

·         6/21/17 – Crains New York: The business case for closing Rikers (Op-Ed)

·         6/15/17 – New York Daily News: N.Y. senator pushes bill forcing NYC to shut down Rikers Island in three years

·         6/12/17 – Crain’s New York: Ten years to close Rikers Island? Here’s how to cut that in half

·         5/23/17 – The Village Voice: Close Rikers In Under 10 Years? It Can Be Done

·         5/17/17 - The Nation: How Closing a Jail Could Make New York City Stronger


Report Release 2017 Media Highlights:

·         5/15/17 - City & State: Women in Rikers: Why Gender Matters When We Talk About Reform (Op-Ed)

·         5/11/17 - New York Daily News: An urgent checklist for closing Rikers (Op-Ed)

·         5/9/17 - Thirteen/Metrofocus: RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL (TV Interview)

·         5/9/17 - The Atlantic: Lessons From Rikers Island (Op-Ed)

·         5/4/17 - Politico: Lippman visits with Council members to push Rikers closure plan

·         4/26/17 - Al Jazeera: Ex-inmates hail plan to close Rikers Island prison

·         4/26/17 - Politico: De Blasio calls on Council to begin Rikers' closure by starting jail siting discussion


·         4/17/17 – Jonathan Lippman, Radicalized by Rikers (Podcast)

·         4/16/17 - Washington Post: New York’s smart criminal justice reform sets an example for Sessions to follow (Editorial)

·         4/10/17 - Newsday/amNY: Mayor de Blasio needs to take the lead on replacing Rikers

·         4/9/17 - The Sunday Times of London: Big jailbirds: airport plan for Rikers Island

·         4/9/17 - PIX 11’s Close Up with Marvin Scott: Closing Rikers and the week in Politics (TV Interview)

·         4/9/17 - WABC’s Up Close with Bill Ritter: Proposal to Shut Down Rikers Island (TV Interview)

·         4/6/17 - Amsterdam News: Kalief's legacy: Rikers closure set, yet could prove to be long, grueling process

·         4/6/17 - New York Daily News: As pols mull closing Rikers, New Yorkers overwhelmingly support reforming jail system: survey

·         4/6/17 - Queens Chronicle: Yes, close the Rikers Island jails (Editorial)

·         4/5/17 – Mother Jones: NYC Came Up Witha Brilliant Strategy for Cutting Its Jail Population in Half

·         4/4/17 - USA Today: A Rikers Island terminal for LaGuardia Airport?

·         4/4/17 - Village Voice: It’s Put Up or Shut Up Time for Politicians Who Say They Want to Close Rikers

·         4/3/17 - WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show: Ending Mass Incarceration in NYC (Radio Interview)

·         4/3/17 - Politico: Rikers plan marks a shift for New York City, and its mayor

·         4/3/17 - DNA Info: Replacing Rikers Island With Local Jails is the 'Only Solution': Commission

·         4/3/17 - New York Times: Closing Rikers Without a Road Map (Editorial)

·         4/2/17 - FOX 5: New plans proposed to close down Rikers Island jail

·         4/2/17 - CBS New York: Independent Commission Behind Push To Close Rikers Island Jail Complex Issues Formal Report

·         4/2/17 - NY1: Independent Commission Recommends Closure of Rikers Island, Re-purposing Jail for Airport Runway or Wastewater Treatment

·         4/2/17 - WNYC: Commission Unveils Plan to Close Rikers Island

·         4/2/17 - New York Daily News: De Blasio’s jail break: The hard realities of his plans to close Rikers Island (Editorial)

·         4/2/17 - New York Times: Rikers Island Commission Unveils Plan to Shut Down Jail Complex

·         4/1/17 - NY1 Inside City Hall: Closing Rikers — But What’s the Plan? (TV Interview)

·         3/31/17 – DNAinfo: This is the Report That Spurred De Blasio to Close Rikers

·         3/31/17 - New York Times: Closing Rikers Island Is a Moral Imperative (Op-Ed)

·         3/31/17 - Huffington Post: They’re Finally Going To Close Rikers Island, America’s Monument To Jail Cruelty

·         3/31/17 - Fader: Mayor de Blasio Announces Closure Of Rikers Island Prison

·         3/31/17 - NPR: Rikers Island Could Be Closed And Replaced With Smaller Jails Around New York City

·         3/31/17 - VICE: New York Is Getting Serious About Closing the Hellish Jail on Rikers Island

·         3/31/17 - Politico: De Blasio commits to closing Rikers, with few specifics

·         3/31/17 - New York Times: Mayor Backs Plan to Close Rikers and Open Jails Elsewhere


Pre-Report Release 2017 Media Highlights:

·         3/18/17 - New York Daily News: Potential closure of Rikers Island sparks dream opportunity for NYC developers, planners

·         3/18/17 - New York Daily News: Activists have been calling for the closure of the troubled jail complex

·         2/14/17 - Staten Island Advance: Commission for criminal justice reform seeks input at public hearing

·         2/10/17 - NY1 Inside City Hall: Judge Lippman Discusses the Independent Commission (TV Interview)


2016 Media Highlights:

·         11/17/16 - Amsterdam News: Creating a more just NYC (Op-Ed)

·         11/8/16 - Metro US: Public voicing opinions on fate of Rikers Island

·         9/14/16 - Politico: Rikers commission seeks public input with new website

·         7/13/16 - Politico: Rikers commission to focus on three key areas

·         3/17/16 - Politico: Lippman announces members of criminal justice commission

·         2/11/16 - New York Times: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Speaker, Vows to Pursue New Criminal Justice Reforms