Main Rikers Shutdown Advocate Leaves Nonprofit Group

Glenn Martin, the main inmate advocate behind the cost to close down Rikers Island, all of a sudden stepped down from the nonprofit group he based.

The board of JustLeadershipUSA “reluctantly accepted” his resignation on Wednesday, the group stated in a press release issued Thursday.

Reached by cellphone, Martin stated he was unaware the group launched a press release asserting his departure and declined to debate the matter additional.

“I’m going to let that talk for itself,” he stated, “I don’t need to say extra.”

Within the early 1990s, Martin was incarcerated for six years in a New York State jail. He repeatedly referred to that have, and the horrors he skilled, throughout his requires reform.

Whereas on Rikers Island, he was stabbed within the torso by one other inmate throughout a minor dispute.

Upon his launch, he joined The Fortune Society, a corporation that helps former prisoners.

He later broke away and based his personal group known as JustLeadershipUSA. The group has taken off and grow to be a nationwide pressure for inmate reforms.

He has lengthy made it a significant objective to steer Mayor de Blasio to close down Rikers and change it with smaller, extra up-to-date jails, in all of the boroughs.

On the day de Blasio took the oath of workplace at Metropolis Corridor in 2014, Martin approached the mayor within the rotunda there and urged him to shutter the scandal-scarred jails on the island.

The mayor lastly agreed after 4 years of lobbying and a blue-ribbon panel headed by former New York State Chief Decide Jonathan Lippman really helpful closing the island in a report launched in March.

Extra lately, volunteers from Martin’s group have taken to following the mayor to the fitness center and his voting website in Park Slope to induce him to hurry up the plan.

On Thursday, the group that he based vowed to hold on.

“We proceed to embrace the values of equity, equality, accountability, and redemption that have been instilled within the work of JustLeadershipUSA from its starting,” the group stated in a press release.

“We acknowledge and applaud the sacrifices, onerous work, and resiliency that Glenn E. Martin exemplified as a frontrunner and imagine we’ll see extra of his path breaking management sooner or later,” the assertion added.