t this Forum, we will discuss the moral imperative to closing Rikers Island Jails and reimagining a more humane approach to justice.
As a result of strong local advocacy by directly impacted people and communities, the work of the #CLOSErikers campaign, and a unanimous recommendation by the independent Lippmann Commission, the City has announced its intention to close the nine jails at Rikers Island and implement programs to reduce the overall jail population. They have proposed to move to a borough-based system with one facility per borough.
The Forum will include:
* A panel of faith leaders discussing the moral imperative of closing Rikers and ending race-based and wealth-based detention
* A presentation by a representative of The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (the Lipmann Commission) about their recommendations to close Rikers, reduce the jail population, and move to borough-based justice centers
* Open discussion with time for questions
ORGANIZED BY: JustLeadershipUSA and the Justice Ministries Committee, Presbytery of New York City