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District 39

Brad Lander

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington

New York, NY — Today, as the first cases of COVID-19 were identified on Rikers Island, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Council Member Brad Lander held a tele-press conference with Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and other advocates to call on Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo, and New York City’s District Attorneys to suspend broken windows arrests and similar criminal penalty enforcement policies, and to release most people incarcerated at Rikers who are over 50 years old, in order to protect vulnerable New Yorkers from exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19. 

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I don’t like voting to build jails. But I believe voting yes today is our most likely path to incarcerating the fewest people, in the least inhumane conditions. And our best chance to turn the work of the campaign to Close Rikers into tangible, City-sponsored, decarceral policy.