Rikers Island is known as a harsh place, but it can be particularly bad for women. In March, the New York Women’s Foundation and Prisoner Reentry Institute at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice authored a report – “Women InJustice” – which looked at the role gender plays in the criminal justice system. Since then, the movement to close Rikers has gotten support from Mayor de Blasio. Here to talk about the results of the study, and its effects, are Ana Oliveira, president and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation and member of Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, and Alison Wilkey director of public policy at the Prisoner Reentry Institute.
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