The Rose M. Singer Center, nicknamed Rosie’s, is the women’s jail on Rikers Island.
The #BEYONDrosies campaign is aimed at closing Rosie’s and ensuring that incarcerated women and gender expansive people receive the comprehensive, trauma-informed and empowering services that they deserve to heal and have a successful reentry.
The goal of #BEYONDrosies is to:
IMAGINE justice, dignity & safety for women
INVENT a smaller justice system for women
INVEST savings to strengthen communities
1. The permanent closure of the Rose M. Singer jail on Rikers Island.
2. The safe release of as many women and gender expansive people as possible back to their communities through alternatives to incarceration and supervised release.
3. A permanent, New York City-based facility that is accessible and humane for the small number of women and gender expansive people who remain in the jail.
Visit our HERSTORIES page to hear how the (in)justice system has affected several women’s lives through their personal stories.
On October 13th, 2021, after years of #BEYONDrosies asking “What about the women?” Governor Kathy Hochul announced that nearly all women and trans individuals would be transferred from the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers to state prisons in Bedford and Taconic.
While this is far from a perfect solution, it was the first real, tangible action anyone in power had taken to respond to our demands. #BEYONDrosies will use this as an initial step on the road towards the goals we’ve had from the beginning. This is a moment of opportunity to make women the first group that is permanently moved off of the hellhole that is Rikers Island. If successful, this could be a model for our brothers who are currently there.
Going forward we are advocating for:
ONE PATH FORWARD: Reduce population under 100 women through DECARCERATION
Key recommendations for the decarceration of women, LGBTQI+ and gender non-conforming New Yorkers:
Resources needed to support decarceration:
When a woman is incarcerated her whole community feels the impact from her children to her employer. Simply put, people do better and are more stable in their life when they have housing and their needs met. If a woman must be detained, it should be in a trauma informed, trauma responsive, gender specific facility that seeks to heal and support instead of harm and punish.
Key recommendations to close Rosie’s (RMSC) and develop a trauma-responsive women’s facility:
Intake Center (which will be clean, welcoming, properly equipped and sensitively designed for women & girls with histories of physical/sexual abuse):
Healthcare & Maternity:
Our campaign is guided by our insistence that the fight to expose and confront criminal “injustice” system inequities for women, transgender and gender expansive individuals must be led by those with lived experience; they must be the decision makers, the organizers and advocates and hold others accountable at every level. We are guided by the ethos that those closest to the problem are closest to the solutions!
For more information, contact:
Rita Zimmer, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-790-3160
Sharon White-Harrigan, Executive Director, at email@example.com or 646.546.8591
Jordyn Rosenthal, Senior Data & Policy Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org