The Rose M. Singer Center, nicknamed Rosie’s, is the women’s jail on Rikers Island and is among the top-12 worst jails in the country. WCJA’s goal is to find a clear and quick path to close Rosie’s, and focus on these three core initiatives:
IMAGINE justice, dignity & safety for women
INVENT a smaller justice system for women
INVEST savings to strengthen communities
Demands of the #BEYONDrosies Campaign:
– Close the Rose M. Singer Center by the end of 2022.
– Decarcerate the female and gender expansive population to below 100.
– Expand city investments in Alternative to Detention (ATD) programs.
– Encourage Judges to expand use of the Supervised Release program.
– Restrict DOC’s involvement in the new borough based facilities.
– Invest in affordable permanent housing.
Visit our HERSTORIES page to hear how the (in)justice system has affected several women’s lives through their personal stories.
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 email@example.com or 646-790-3160
Sharon White-Harrigan, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.546.8591
Jordyn Rosenthal, Director of Community Engagement, at email@example.com