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Last week marked the release of our annual 30 Under 30 issue, and because each of these individuals is so interesting, we thought we'd further highlight them by running some brief interviews with them. Name: Jordyn Lexton Age: 29 Neighborhood: Work, Bushwick; Live, Prospect Heights Occupation: Founder/Executive Director, Drive Change Who would be your choice for a 30 Under 30? Jared Spafford, Culinary Arts Director Drive Change Who are your role models in your industry? Jessamyn Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen; Glenn Martin, JustLeadership USA....
Many suspects charged with small crimes have no recourse other than waiting in hot, cramped and unbearable conditions, usually in facilities like Rikers Island, while they're forced pay at-times exorbitant sums to make bail. This might change however, according to a new plan put into effect by the mayor's office, which allocates $18 million toward alternative solutions to the bail system, such as "supervision options including regular check-ins, text-message reminders" and various kinds of...
A New York Times article released on Sunday revealed that abuses continue at Rikers Island, despite Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to improve the conditions at the detention facility. The report details 62 cases “in which inmates were seriously injured by correction officers” since the release of the Justice Department’s findings last August (the investigation highlighted systematic abuse of male adolescents at Rikers and a “culture of violence”) in January of this year. The Times’ findings...
Welcome news this morning from our city's dysfunctional prison-industrial complex: New York City officials announced a plan that would eliminate solitary confinement for all inmates age 21 and under. This comes less than a month after federal prosecutors made known their intent to sue Rikers Island over civil rights violations connected to the treatment of adolescent prisoners, and less than five months after City Council passed a law boosting oversight over the use of solitary...

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