News & Press2024-04-04T12:13:55-04:00

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Mayor Adams Vetoes City Council Bill On Solitary Confinement, Sparking Concerns Over Jail Safety

January 22nd, 2024|

Brooklyn Eagle

"Chaplain Dr. Victoria A. Phillips from the Jails Action Coalition [and the Urban Justice Center] and Barbara Hamilton, supervising attorney of the Incarcerated Client Services Unit with the Legal Aid Society, have also criticized the mayor’s veto. They assert that solitary confinement causes irreparable harm and that the legislation is essential for ending its use in city jails."

Chima Williams Is The First Person To Die On Rikers Island This Year

January 18th, 2024|

Amsterdam News

“Oftentimes, you will only hear the worst of the worst of the stories of who are those involved with the criminal legal system, never the stories of despair, never the stories of those whose lives [are] completely lost and how it led to be that way,” said Dr. Victoria Phillips of the Jails Action Coalition [and the Urban Justice Center].

Calls to Close Rikers Reignite after First Death in Custody of 2024 in City Jail Confirmed

January 11th, 2024|

Norwood News

"Chaplain Dr. Victoria Phillips, Jails Action Coalition, said, “Rikers is a death sentence. Rikers must close. We have lost another life, another heartbeat, in DOC custody, Chima Williams."

Piden a Adams y Hochul Hacerse Responsables De Falas En Rikers Island

January 10th, 2024|

El Diario

"La activista Victoria A. Phillips conocida como Dr V, fundadora de la Jails Action Coalition, acusó que la Rikers Island es “una sentencia de muerte”. “Hemos perdido otra vida, otro latido, bajo la custodia del DOC” acusó, haciendo notar que cada muerto en prisión significa “una familia más abrumada por la muerte de su ser querido”.

Advocates Host Town Hall To Discuss Mental Health, Incarceration

December 4th, 2023|

News 12

“The public health aspect is people with mental health conditions are not getting adequate care, especially in prison you're not gonna get that so we're trying to change that whole system,” said Marco Barrios, a representative from the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project."


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