Fact Sheet

Receivership of Rikers: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

August 9, 2023

Rikers Island has been a hotbed for humanitarian violations for decades. Every year for the past decade, at least 10 people have died as a result of conditions on Rikers – whether it be abuse or neglect, both a result of years of racist and classist criminalization. New York City’s jails have been under federal oversight by a court-appointed monitor as a result of the 2011 case Nunez v. City of New York, and the federal government has considered taking over Rikers with a receivership and seeking appointment of an outside authority. While a receivership frees a broken institution from failing city control, it also comes with many questions.

Read VOCAL-NY’s Fact Sheet on Rikers Receivership here.

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