Bill de Blasio says he’s a progressive presidential candidate…

…so why is he pushing a regressive plan for new jails in New York City?

Instead of spending billions of dollars to build new jails, Mayor de Blasio should invest in overhauling the leadership of the Department of Correction to protect human rights.

That’s what a real progressive would do.

Join us in supporting human rights instead of new jails.

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Mayor de Blasio’s controversial proposal involves building four new jails – each with approximately 1,500 beds – on sites in Mott Haven in the South Bronx, Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, Kew Gardens in Queens, and Chinatown in Manhattan. It’s part of a plan to close the notorious Rikers Island prison complex – but it wouldn’t actually end the problems that plagued Rikers and the men and women who have been incarcerated there.

What’s wrong with Rikers has little to do with facilities and everything to do with the regressive policies that leaders of the city’s Department of Correction have been implementing for decades. That’s why progressives who care about real criminal justice reform want Mayor de Blasio to invest in building communities, strengthening diversion programs, providing alternatives to incarceration for pre-trial detainees, and overhauling the leadership and policies of the Department of Correction. We don’t want billions spent on new jails that will just cause the same pain for incarcerated New Yorkers and their families. And if Mayor de Blasio were a real progressive, he’d feel the same way.

Boroughs United is a coalition of community advocates from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan who support real criminal justice reform and oppose Mayor de Blasio’s harmful plan to build four new jails that will perpetuate the human rights abuses seen on Rikers Island.