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A human rights group is planning to bail out over 500 women and teenagers from Rikers Island jail in an effort to show that the bail system is discriminatory.
“The crux of the issue is that in New York City, we criminalize poverty,” Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy said in a Wednesday interview, according to The New York Times. “There are no wealthy people on Rikers Island because if you are wealthy, you go free because you make bail.”
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Rikers Island is New York City’s main jail complex. There are over 500 women and 94 juveniles at the jail. Two hundred sixty-three women and juveniles are eligible for bail, the NYT reported.
The advocacy group plans to raise roughly $5 million in its efforts to bail out inmates. RFK Human Rights says it has gathered 200 volunteers who will begin getting women and youngsters released from the jail in October. The group will focus on the Rose M. Singer Center and the Robert N. Davoren Complex.
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The group will help anyone in Rikers jail who is eligible for bail, according to Kennedy, who claims that the newly released inmates will not pose a threat to society. “If a judge feels this person is a danger to society, they will not make them bail eligible,” Kennedy said, according to the NYT.
Others aren’t so sure bailing out a large number of inmates from the jail won’t...
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