Reactions to Rikers – RIKERS – A Documentary Film
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Reactions to Rikers

Criminal justice activists, experts and authors are making their opinions known on RIKERS. Here is a look at what we have heard so far.

No one understands the crisis created by mass incarceration and excessive punishment like the survivors who have endured the horrors created by our criminal justice policies. This is powerful journalism, transformational art and an unmistakable indictment of the American prison system. See this film!

BRYAN STEVENSON

ATTORNEY AND AUTHOR OF JUST MERCY

JoAnne Page

President & CEO, The Fortune Society

This stunning documentary exposes the soul-searing experience of mass incarceration in America — the world's largest jailer. At the Fortune Society, we have always raised up the voices of the incarcerated. As mass incarceration is now being challenged from many directions, we know this powerful film will help us advocate for reform of our criminal justice system.
There is nothing quite as powerful as seeing and hearing the firsthand accounts of people who have spent time at Rikers. RIKERS captures the tragic, unjust human experience of individuals held at our City’s largest jail facility and fuels the need for a new blueprint for the future of criminal justice in New York City.

JONATHAN LIPPMAN

JUDGE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON NEW YORK CITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND INCARCERATION REFORM

Jeremy Travis

President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

We can only grasp the urgency of the need for fundamental criminal justice reform if we listen to the experiences of those who are touched by our institutions. RIKERS does this with brutal honesty.
You think you know that Rikers Island is a violent horror show? This stunning, haunting film tells you one simple and terrifying thing: You have no idea. RIKERS is a testimonial about one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time.

Dr. Baz Dreisinger

PROFESSOR, ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR, INCARCERATION NATIONS: A JOURNEY TO JUSTICE IN PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD

Reverend Andrew Wilkes

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND YOUNG ADULTS, GREATER ALLEN AME CATHEDRAL OF NEW YORK

RIKERS uses the power of testimony to expose the abhorrent living conditions of former detainees on Rikers Island. It is a pioneering and sacred mosaic of survivors telling their own story, in their own idiom.