Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito Statement On The Closing of Rikers Island And More (Video)

Here are the Harlem Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito words:

A year ago, I made a promise to overhaul New York City’s criminal justice system and make New York a more fair and just city for all New Yorkers. Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio, Phil Weinberg, Ydanis Rodriguez And Others Announce Re-entry Services

Mayor de Blasio today announced that by the end of this year, every person in the Department of Correction’s custody will receive re-entry services to help connect them with jobs and opportunities outside of jail, as well as five hours of programming per day during their stay to address vocational, educational, and therapeutic needs. Continue Reading →

Rikers Inmates Prepared Turkey Dinners For Needy From Harlem To Mid-Town

officers-serve-at-rikersOn Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, NYC Department of Correction Officers, staff, inmates and chefs from the Department of Education who taught the inmates food preparation at two jails on Rikers Island prepared the turkey dinners as part of the I-CAN Fresh Start Culinary Arts program. Continue Reading →

Harlem Rapper Max B Sentence Reduced To 20 years

max-b-in-harlem1Imprisoned Harlem rapper Max B had his 75-year sentence for a deadly 2009 robbery trimmed by at least 55 years in a momentous legal victory for the hip-hop artist. Continue Reading →

Harlem Inspired Artist Creates Literacy For Incarcerated Teens

galinsky in harlemInspired by the work of Harlem resident, artist, and activist Jamal Joseph (pictured below), NYC artist Robert Galinsky (above) has been going to Rikers Island Jail twice a week and correctional facilities. Continue Reading →

Council Leader Makes Impassioned Argument For Criminal-Justice Overhaul

a-Mark-Viverito_3The leader of the City Council issued an emphatic call for the end of the Rikers Island jail complex and changes for the “highly, highly punitive” criminal-justice system Thursday, blasting naysayers for spreading “misinformation.” Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Writing My Wrongs A New Book By Shaka Senghor

writing the wrongsIn 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. Continue Reading →