Advocates rally for feds to take control of Rikers Island, argue city can’t ‘keep people alive’ there


New Yorkers marched through the rain in Lower Manhattan on Thursday to demand the feds take control of Rikers Island as they charge Mayor Adams has “failed” to improve the penal island during his administration.

Members of the Katal Center—a community resource group that organized the rally—along with former inmates and elected officials assembled outside City Hall before marching to Foley Square to express their outrage about the conditions at the controversial facility. They also made clear their anger about the island’s mounting death toll that has climbed to seven in 2023 alone.