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Both Sides of the Bars | COVID 19, Rikers Island, and Technical Parole Violations: A Critical Discussion, Pt 1

ProducerKhalil Cumberbatch
DescriptionMichael Tyson and Raymond Rivera died on Rikers Island prison due to COVID-19. They had not committed any new crimes to end up on Rikers they were incarcerated for a minor technical violation of parole. This practice of sending people back to prison for minor technical violations is alarming, yet not surprising. New York re-incarcerates more people for parole violations than every other state except Illinois. With the spread of COVID-19 on Rikers, many more people are at risk of losing their lives while jailed due to a technical violation. Join Andre Ward of The Fortune Society with his guest panel which includes directly impacted people and experts from the medical, academic, legal, and advocacy communities as they raise the call to action to change New York's policy of reincarcerating people for minor technical parole violations.
DateMay 13, 2020
Length0:28:40
CategoryCommunity