Social Justice

The Future of Rikers Island: Why It Matters

October 15, 2023

The jails on Rikers Island have made news for years. Inhumane conditions for those detained and those who work there, along with high death rates, lead the headlines. In 2019, New York City legislators passed a law to close the Rikers jails and replace them with borough-based facilities. But progress is slow, criticisms are increasing, and questions remain about how this will work. Join Trinity’s Prison Ministry and civic leaders for this informative session to learn more about this critical issue—how it can make our city safer for everyone and how you can play a part.

Susan Shah, Managing Director for the Racial Justice initiative, Trinity Church Wall Street, introduced a panel including:

  • The Honorable Adrienne Adams, Speaker of the New York City Council
  • Victor Pate, Co-Director, NY Campaign to Alternatives to Isolated Confinement 
  • The Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, Interfaith Center of New York 
  • Darren Mack, Co-Director, Freedom Agenda 
  • Kandra Clark, Vice President of Policy & Strategy, Exodus Transitional Community
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