Create an Evacuation Plan for Riker's Island
  • Petitioned Michael Bloomberg

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Mayor of New York City
Michael Bloomberg

Create an Evacuation Plan for Riker's Island

    1. Tiara Winter-Schorr
    2. Petition by

      Tiara Winter-Schorr

      New York, NY

At any given time, Riker's Island is home to 12,000 people. Of these people, at least several hundred of these are minor children. Some have not yet been convicted of a crime. Riker's is also home to non-convict homeless and mentally-retarded adults. The NYC Department of Corrections has refused to offer any help during times of natural disaster or terror. Please demand that Mayor Bloomberg create an emergency evacuation plan for Riker's Island.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. A Repeat of Katrina?

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Some bloggers are pointing to similarities to NYC's failure to evacuate Riker's Island inmates and the Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

    3. Support is Growing!

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Tiara's petition has now passed her goal of 100 supporters. Help her reach 200 by sharing this petition with your friends and letting Mayor Bloomberg know that not having an emergency evacuation plan for Riker's Island inmates is unacceptable.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Peter Egan Jr COVINGTON, LA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Seems like a good idea to me.

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    • catherine tesoro OAKLYN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is the most horrible thing, to neglect the incarcerated. To put their lives in jeopardy. They should have done this long ago. WHY??? isn't theree an evacuation plan in place.??

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    • catherine tesoro OAKLYN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      my son is at Riker's Island

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    • Sarah McDole LAPEL, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      There are not only prisoners that are on this island, there are also guards, doctors, homeless and mentally disabled people there too. Is right to possibly deprive them of their lives because they work or reside on an island that also houses a prison...No.

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    • Jamienne Andris SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This is not just a practice in New York. Most Correctional Institutions across the country have evacuation plans that call for a lock-doewn of all prisoners before the STAFF evacuate. Leaving the incarcerated people to suffer whatever the disaster may be. Look into what happened to all the people that dies in Hurricane Katrina in prisons or jail.

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