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LAS Mourns Michael Lopez, 11th New Yorker to Pass in DOC Custody This Year

Deaths on Rikers have become the status quo, underscoring the need for a federal receivership and immediate decarceration of City jails.
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LAS: Department of Correction Still in Contempt of Medical Care Order

The City continues to fail in its obligation to provide access to medical care for incarcerated New Yorkers, despite claims of compliance.
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Data: City Still Failing to Ensure Access to Medical Care for Incarcerated New Yorkers

The Department of Correction continues to be in contempt of a court order, despite claims of compliance, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS: Mayor Adams Cannot Ignore Deaths on Rikers

The Mayor visited the facility for a press conference but continues to deny the reality of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in City jails.
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Data: Incarcerated New Yorkers Denied Nearly 40K Medical Appointments

Newly released data is further evidence that the Department of Correction is wholly unwilling to care for the individuals in its custody.
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Advocates Demand Early Voting Access for Incarcerated New Yorkers

The Legal Aid Society is calling on the Board of Elections to open a polling site on Rikers Island where 90% of those incarcerated are eligible to vote.
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Twenty New Yorkers Have Died in Custody Since 2021

At a vigil held today, public defenders, community advocates, and family members implored public officials to address the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island.
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Court Holds Department of Correction in Contempt Over Access to Medical Care

The City must comply within 30 days or pay thousands to New Yorkers who were denied medical treatment while incarcerated.
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LAS: Independent Leadership Required to End Rikers Crisis

The Legal Aid Society is raising the possibility of placing the City's jails under the control of an independent federal receiver.
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Data: Incarcerated New Yorkers Chronically Denied Access to Medical Care

New data from the City shows that the Department of Correction failed to facilitate over 8,000 medical appointments in February, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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