Community Justice Unit Kicks Off Rikers Voter Training
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

This Summer, The Community Justice Unit is spearheading a voter registration drive on Rikers Island. The CJU will be bringing the Voter Education Teach-In curriculum developed by the unit’s paralegals Emily Harris and Shani Small to all ten facilities on Rikers Island, as well as the detention centers in Hunts Point, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. The presentation is designed to inform individuals about their right to vote, eligibility with a criminal record, the logistics of voting and a discussion of which positions are elected in New York. After the Teach-In, CJU staff assist anyone who is interested and eligible register to vote and request an absentee ballot.

Many of those incarcerated are unaware that they may be eligible to vote while detained. New York State law bars individuals currently serving sentences for felony convictions and those on parole, but all others are eligible. Eligible individuals who will be detained at Rikers on election days can request absentee ballots to ensure they can exercise their right to vote.

The CJU has kicked off the first week of these informational sessions with visits to housing units on AMKC and RMSC providing voter materials developed by the CJU.

Nice work CJU!!