Here you can read the latest press from all of our Projects, and find out about the tremendous work we’re doing every day.

Each of these stories represents lives changed for the better, and we are so proud of our staff for their dedication to the people they serve.

Two die on Rikers, seventh and eight this year

June 22nd, 2022|

Queens Daily Eagle

“Rikers should have closed long ago, and by now, judges, prosecutors, and all elected officials know that no one is safe there.” -Darren Mack, the co-director of nonprofit Freedom Agenda [at the Urban Justice Center]"

Another inmate dies at Rikers Island, marking seventh DOC death this year

June 20th, 2022|

NY Post

"[UJC's] Freedom Agenda, an advocacy group working to close Rikers, lambasted the DOC for the seventh death in less than six months. 'As the Department of Correction generates plans to create plans, New Yorkers continue to suffer and die in their custody,' Freedom Agenda’s co-founder Darren Mack said in a statement."

Number of New Yorkers sleeping on streets and subways rebounded to pre-pandemic highs

June 17th, 2022|


“‘It’s really regrettable the City Council is supporting punitive measures against homeless people,’ said Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.”

My Son’s Pretrial Incarceration Shows Everything Wrong with the System

June 17th, 2022|

Gotham Gazette

"Now my son is considering taking a plea. It’s really tempting – he wants to be home, and he especially wants to get out of Rikers. But it’s not fair. My son, like so many others, was harassed by the police for being homeless, held for ransom by a judge, and denied due process by guards who don’t care about doing their jobs. Where’s the justice in that?" - Freedom Agenda Member, P. Mass