Rikers Island turmoil: Mayor Adams meets with inmates as religious leaders host City Hall vigil

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A litany of religious leaders spoke out against inhumane Rikers Island conditions on Thursday while Mayor Eric Adams traveled to the correctional facility to meet with inmates and help bridge the gap between correction officers and detainees.

The interfaith vigil set forth to serve a grim reminder outside City Hall on July 7 of the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island. The group clung to black sheets, each one displaying the name of a prisoner who lost their life on the infamous island this year; at least seven inmates have died there so far in 2022.

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