Updates from the Team

March 24, 2020

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in the face of this pandemic. While the social isolation and physical danger we are all now facing may be new for many of us, we know that incarcerated people have always been subjected to extreme social alienation as well as health risks due to unsanitary and dangerous conditions in jails. We are asking that you call, tweet, and/or write to Mayor De Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez today–Tuesday, March 24th–to demand the immediate release of all those incarcerated within New York City jails.

Allowing incarcerated people to remain inside during this crisis submits them to extremely high risk of contracting and spreading the virus. There are very limited sanitary supplies available to prisoners, and precautions the Department of Corrections has promised are not being implemented. David and fellow prisoners are organizing cleaning crews inside, doing everything they can to protect themselves as much as possible. As of Sunday, March 23rd, two Rikers dorms are on strike–protesting unsanitary conditions, calling for the immediate release of the vulnerable, and expressing solidarity with the striking prisoners of Hudson County. We know that the only measure that would ensure the safety of the New York City jail population, and the city population at large, is to free them all immediately.

Please call and/or email using the scripts below.

Instructions for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez:
Call: (718) 662-5970, press 2 as a constituent, speak directly or leave message after tone.
Tweet: @aoc

Instructions for Mayor de Blasio:
Call: (212) 788-2162, wait for the VM recording to end and leave a message. VM recording will suggest calling (212) 788-3000 (or 311) where you can also leave a message for the Mayor’s Office. 
Send an online message: https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/mayor-contact.page
Tweet: @nycmayor

Jan 8, 2020

In November of 2019, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Eric M Taylor Center (EMTC) will be closed by March 2020, as part of the plan to shut down Rikers Island by 2026. (More about how this plan will actually increase the number of jails in NYC here.) As a result David has been moved from EMTC to the Robert N. Davoren Conplex (RNDC). David is re-settling after a sudden and stressful move. You can write to David at his new address:

David Campbell #3101900657
Robert N. Davoren Complex
11-11 Hazen St
East Elmhurst, NY 11370