In the Media

This is a compilation of the press releases, statements, testimonies, and op-eds related to the Shut Rikers campaign.
For press inquiries, please contact Yonah Zeitz at yonah@katalcenter.org or (347) 201-2768.

Press Releases / Statements / Testimonies

March 28, 2024 | Mayor Adams Finally Appointments Two New Commissioners to Dormant Local Conditional Release Commission

March 26, 2024 | Under Mayor Adams, Crisis Worsens at City Jails as Another Person Dies in Custody

March 21, 2024 | Statement from the Katal Center on Today’s City Council Budget Hearing on Mental Health

March 8, 2024 | Statement from the Katal Center on Budget Hearing Held by the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice

March 8, 2024 | Katal Testimony — Committee on Criminal Justice Preliminary Budget Hearing FY 2025

March 6, 2024 | NYC Public Advocate, with Support from the Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice, Re-Introduces Council Resolution 183

January 30, 2024 | Katal Applauds the New York City Council for Overriding Mayor

January 30, 2024 | Katal Joins Community Organizations to Demand City Council Override Mayor Adams’s Vetoes

January 24, 2024 | Community Groups Protest State of City Address

January 22, 2024 | 2nd Death at Rikers Island Jail Complex in a Few Weeks

January 4, 2024 | Another Detained Person Dies at Rikers Island Jail Complex

December 15, 2023 | Federal Court Holds Mayor Adams’s Dept. of Correction in Contempt As Receivership Looms

December 15, 2023 | Katal Center responds to Op-Ed by Mayor Adams and Judge Jonathan Lippman about Closing Rikers

December 14, 2023 | Community Groups, Elected Officials, and Directly Impacted People Rally To Call for Federal Courts to Take Over Rikers

December 11, 2023 | Testimony for Committee on Finance Oversight Hearing

December 4, 2023 | Support for Federal Receivership at Rikers Grows

Nov. 30, 2023 | Testimony For NYC City Council Committee On Criminal Justice Oversight Hearing – Alternatives To Detention And Incarceration In New York City

Oct. 5, 2023 | Another Person Dies While Detained At Rikers Island Jail Complex

Aug. 22, 2023 | Yet Another Person Dies While Detained At Rikers Island Jail Complex

Aug. 10, 2023 | As Federal Court Holds Major Hearing To Determine Control Of Rikers, Community Groups And Elected Officials Hold Protest To Demand Immediate Action

July 23, 2023 | Yet Another Human Being Dies While Detained At Rikers Island Jail Complex

Jul. 7, 2023 | Another Person Dies In DOC Custody – The 2nd Death This Week And The 24th Death In City Jails Under Mayor Adams

Jun. 13, 2023 | As Federal Court Holds Hearing On Crises At Rikers, Community Groups And Elected Officials Hold Protest To Demand Immediate Action

Jun. 7, 2023 | Citywide Elected Officials And Community Groups Rally Outside Rikers To Call For Closure Of Jail Complex

May 31, 2023 | Another Person Dies At Rikers– 22nd Death In City Jails Under Mayor Adams

May 30, 2023 | Federal Monitor For Rikers Island Sounds Alarm In Scandalous New Report

May 22, 2023 | Katal Join With Immigrants Rights Organizations To Reject Mayor Adams’s Proposal To House Asylum Seekers At Rikers

May 17, 2023 | Another Person Dies At Rikers, The 21st Death In City Jails Under Mayor Adams

May 2, 2023 | Katal Opposes Bail Reform Rollbacks In Budget Bill

Apr. 27, 2023 | People Impacted By Rikers, With Elected Officials And Community Groups, Rally Outside Of The Courthouse In Support Of A Federal Receiver And To Demand Closure Of Rikers Island

Mar. 30, 2023 | Directly Impacted People And Families Rally In Albany To Oppose Gov. Hochul’s Proposal To Roll Back Bail Reform

Mar. 23, 2023 | Statement From The Katal Center On Budget Hearing Held By The New York City Council Committee On Criminal Justice

Mar. 23, 2023 | Katal Testimony At City Council Preliminary Budget Hearing: Committee On Criminal Justice

Feb. 28, 2023 | Community Groups, Impacted People, And Families Rally To Protect Bail Reform And Close Rikers

Feb. 6, 2023 | The Crisis On Rikers Continues– Another Person Dies At Notorious Jail Complex

Jan. 25, 2023 | Katal Responds To Mayor Adams Removing Protections And Skirting Transparency On Rikers

Dec. 13, 2022 | Rally To Close Rikers

Dec. 12, 2022 | 19th Death On Rikers This Year

Nov. 18, 2022 | Katal Responds To Federal Court Ruling On Receivership

Nov. 17, 2022 | Rikers Is In Crisis Rally

Oct. 22, 2022 | 17th Person Incarcerated At Rikers Dies This Year

Sept. 14, 2022 | Rikers In Crisis– Another Person Dies At Notorious Jail Complex

Aug. 15, 2022 | Another Person Dies At Rikers– 12th Death This Year

Jun. 21, 2022 | Another Person Dies At Rikers– 2nd Death Within 24 Hours

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