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New York, It’s Time to #CLOSErikers

For the last 87 years, Rikers Island has held our family members, friends, and neighbors in cages and—far too often—tortured them in unspeakable ways. Rikers Island stands in complete opposition to New Yorkers’ values.  Rikers is an isolated island in
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