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New York City’s $7 Billion Jail Construction Project Delayed Beyond 2027 Deadline

2024-05-20T12:17:21-04:00May 19th, 2024|News|

Digital Chew

“On the Mayor’s watch, 31 people have died and countless others have experienced abuse, neglect, and violence at the Rikers Island penal colony,” commented Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.

Op-Ed: New York City Must Move Forward on Closing Rikers with a Budget that Invests in Care, not DOC Budget Bloat

2024-05-20T12:15:29-04:00May 19th, 2024|News|

Freedom Agenda

"Last year...the City Council reaffirmed its commitment to the plan to close Rikers by 2027 and establish a smaller borough-based jail system to reduce incarceration and improve conditions for incarcerated people...it seems Mayor Eric Adams’ determination to stall the plan has not changed either."

‘A Little Perplexed’: Questions Raised Over City’s $4 Billion Contract for Construction of Queens Jail

2024-05-20T12:20:04-04:00May 17th, 2024|News|

Queens Eagle

“There is a realistic plan for reducing the jail population to meet the target of fewer than 3,300 individuals incarcerated in city jails, and a critical component is prioritizing decarceration of people with mental health concerns and expanding supportive housing and community mental health supports,” Jennifer Parish, the director of Criminal Justice Advocacy at Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project.

Exit Unknown: Where Do People Go After Leaving NYC Homeless Shelters?

2024-05-20T12:09:12-04:00May 14th, 2024|News|

City Limits

"Housing specialists, or staff that help shelter residents apply for housing, can also be hard to get in touch with, advocates say. “[Shelter residents] don't feel like they're getting the help they need for housing and so they just get up and leave,” said Safety Net Project’s Frazier."

In Times Square, Hot Dog in the City by Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw Elicits Postmodern Sublime

2024-05-20T12:12:51-04:00May 13th, 2024|News|

The Architect's Newspaper

"Thus, Hot Dog in the City is a collaboration with the Times Square Arts Alliance as well as the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based organization that advances the rights and wages of street vendors in New York."

Four Billion Dollars and Four Years Late: Queens Jail is Over Budget and Behind Schedule

2024-05-13T15:22:00-04:00May 8th, 2024|News|

Queens Eagle

“There is a realistic plan for reducing the jail population to meet the target of fewer than 3,300 individuals incarcerated in city jails, and a critical component is prioritizing decarceration of people with mental health concerns and expanding supportive housing and community mental health supports,” said Jennifer J. Parish, the director of Criminal Justice Advocacy at Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project

New Jails in Bronx, Queens on Track to Open Four Years After Deadline to Close Rikers Island

2024-05-13T15:19:54-04:00May 7th, 2024|News|

NY Daily News

“This administration has consistently undermined its legal and moral obligation to close Rikers and complete construction of the borough-based jail system by the mandated deadline of 2027,” said Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.

Fewest Shelter Residents Moving into NYCHA Buildings in 10 Years While Vacancies Soar

2024-05-06T12:03:48-04:00May 3rd, 2024|News|

Gothamist

"Marika Dias, managing director for the Safety Net Project, a homeless advocacy group, said decades of disinvestment in public housing and NYCHA’s systemic failure to secure basic repairs for existing tenants and fix empty apartments are at the root of the problem."