Take Action

Ferguson Legal Defense Committee Issues 48-Hour Emergency Call To Action & All-Points Bulletin

"Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, determine its mission, fulfill it, or betray it." …

What's New

CCR: End to Secure Communities Welcome

November 21, 2014, New York – In response to yesterday’s announcement that, as part of…

Stop-and-Frisk Appeal Withdrawn; Court Rejects Union Intervention

October 31, 2014, New York – Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the…

Related Resources

CCR Says NYC Must Act Immediately to Protect Prisoners at Rikers Island from Hurricane Irene

Print Friendly and PDF

While Other Low Lying Areas of City Evacuated, City Admits No Plan for Jail Even Exists

Rights Group Warns Mayor not to Risk Repeat of Orleans Parish Prison and Katrina Horrors
 

Contacr: press@ccrjustice.org

August 27, 2011, New York – Today, in response to news not only that Mayor Bloomberg announced the City of New York does not plan to evacuate the 12,000 prisoners at Rikers Island in advance of Hurricane Irene, but that according to the Department of Corrections no hypothetical plan for evacuation even exists, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) urged the City to act immediately to protect the prisoners. The following statement can be attributed to CCR Executive Director Vince Warren:

"We’re extremely concerned by Mayor Bloomberg's announcement yesterday that there were no plans to evacuate Rikers Island in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Rikers is located on a small island in an area at extreme risk of flooding. There’s no way of knowing how severe the storm will be, but the Mayor has shut down the entire public transit system and evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from vulnerable neighborhoods in low-lying areas just like Rikers Island yet seems prepared to leave the roughly 12,000 men and women jailed there to their fate.

"It is appalling that the City administration is abandoning the men and women at Rikers even after the lessons of hurricane Katrina when inmates at Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans spent days under horrific conditions of flooding and power outages with prisoners confined in life threatening conditions even as prison staff abandoned them.

"The Mayor must take appropriate action immediately to protect the life and safety of everyone confined at Rikers Island and all vulnerable corrections facilities in New York City. Their lives should not be treated as less valuable than those of other New Yorkers."
 

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.