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NYU Student Government Claims ‘Jails Do Not Make Us Safe’

NYU Student Government Claims ‘Jails Do Not Make Us Safe’

“serve only to further harm Black and Brown families, individuals, and communities and to perpetuate a racist and violent criminal legal system”

They also want the prisoners at Rikers Island released. Maybe we should send them all to NYU.

Campus Reform reports:

NYU student gov claims ‘jails do not make us safe,’ backs ‘abolition’ plan

New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed that Rikers Island be shut down and replaced with four new, “modern” and “humane” jails, but NYU students would prefer he just do away with Rikers and any new jails altogether.

NYU’s student government called on the city of New York not only to close the infamous Rikers Island as soon as possible, but also to commit to not opening any new jails to replace it, in a public statement issued Thursday.

The NYU Student Government Assembly insists definitively that “jails do not make us safe,” but rather “serve only to further harm Black and Brown families, individuals, and communities and to perpetuate a racist and violent criminal legal system.”

The students claim that “jails are sites of violence” that “in no way ensure safety for all,” and endorse an alternative plan formed by an activist group called “No New Jails NYC.” This plan would require that the $11 billion de Blasio proposes to invest in new jail infrastructure instead be used to fund “housing for all,” homeless shelter improvements, and other public programs.

No New Jails NYC’s plan lays out its commitment to ensuring the “abolition” of the NYC jail system by “disrupting every level of power.” The group demands that de Blasio find ways to “responsibly release” the 1,000 prisoners at Rikers rather than building new jails or placing the prisoners in other facilities temporarily in order to continue their sentences.


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johnnytremain | October 7, 2019 at 11:11 am

They want the money transferred from new jails to housing for all. How about we invent something that can incarcerate a criminal while also housing them? We can call them…jails.

Aren’t there some dorms on campus they can convert to housing the unfortunates at Rikers?

I perceive a new batch of potential “roommates” for each of these protestors.

A win-win?

Soon to become a whine-whine-wimper-snivel-snurk.

Methinks they protest too much!

claims ‘jails do not make us safe,’
Well, they’re right, you know. Jails do NOT make us safe.

Now, when you start putting bad guys – violent criminals and such – IN the jails and KEEPING them there, THAT makes us safe. Jails, all by themselves? Not so much.

(And, yes, these folks are idiots, helping to destroy the reputation of every single institution of higher learning in America.)

“Jails do not make us safe.” Absolutely true. Jails make us SAFER — a comparative, but not an absolute. There are still far too many dangerous criminals out here with the rest of us for us to be “safe.”

The students claim that “jails are sites of violence”.

That’s true, in the sense that jails are much more violent than they should be. Murders, stabbings, and drug dealing should be impossible in an environment like that.

I used to work in a ministry that prepared cons who were approaching their release dates for reentry into society. They typically had been in prison for anywhere from a few years to many decades.
One thing quickly became abundantly clear to me in working in this ministry which was how those people in prison are there for a very good reason and thank goodness they are locked up. I cannot conceive how even the most liberal of the progressives could think otherwise if they were to spend just one afternoon interacting with these felons.
To argue how prisons are not needed, how they are unjust, or anything similar, does nothing other than to show their ignorance to be so extreme as to represent an actual danger and threat to the country should they ever gain public office. The larger question is how did these fools come by absurd beliefs such as this and why does the public actually support them?

Maybe a dose of reality would be in order for these stupids, er… students. Release all NY convicts onto the NYU campus. Please set-up video cameras first…