City Panel Likely To Recommend Closing New York City's Infamous Rikers Island Prison
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Law Officials Reportedly Want To Rename Rikers Island After Kalief Browder

Officials want to honor Kalief Browder's legacy, and fight injustice while doing so. 

Following Jay Z’s support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to shut down Rikers Island, Public Advocate Letitia James is also on board with the decision and wants to name the 413-acre island after Kalief Browder.

At the age of 16, Browder was convicted of stealing a book-bag in 2010. The case never went to trial, leading the Bronx native to spend three years at Rikers. Unfortunately, two of those three years were spent in solitary confinement. Due to the psychological trauma he experienced while incarcerated, the 22-year-old committed suicide by hanging himself from an air conditioner in June 2015.

"We must do everything in our power to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair, transparent and accountable," James said in a recent press conference, per the New York Daily News.

Reportedly, advocates and law officials attended the meeting in an effort to close the correctional facility. "Rikers is a mass incarceration model that stains everything that it touches," said former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. "Rikers is by any standard a penal colony. It's a penal colony. It's a 19th century solution to a 21st century problem."

In addition to naming the facility after Browder, the plan is to replace the existing site with smaller jails across the five boroughs of New York City. The new locations will be in close proximity to a courthouse. The initiative will take up to 10 years and cost $10.6 billion. Given the national attention that the case has garnered—with a documentary produced by Jay Z—Browder’s family have their reservations about naming the island after him.

"It's really appreciative and thoughtful," said his older brother Akeem Browder, 34. "But it's something we'd have to think over. The people should have this victory...Maybe people will look at the Kalief Island, if they want to dub it that, and remember the tragedy that my brother went through."

While paying homage to the unfortunate events that took place in Browder's life after his stay at the infamous correctional facility, Mayor de Blasio remains optimistic on mass incarceration's future. "Mass incarceration can be ended," he told worshipers inside Brooklyn's Christian Cultural Center, reports the Daily News. "It can be ended if we keep driving down crime, if we have the right approach we can end it. And I want to tell you something about mass incarceration. It didn't begin here in New York City but it will end here in New York City."

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Stockton Launches Basic Income Program Gifting Residents With $500 A Month

Stockton, California has launched its basic income plan gifting dozens of residents with $500 a month, the Huffington Post reports.

Last year, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs responded to criticism over the program which was designed to help close the poverty gap as residents struggle to stay afloat amid California's skyrocketing rent prices and increase in homelessness.

The basic income plan -- the first of its kind to be launched by a U.S. city -- was announced by Tubbs and the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) in 2017. Under the program, 130 residents will receive a monthly stipend via prepaid debit cards for the next 18 months.

Exciting! Congrats to the team, the city, and to the recipients. We’ve learned so much getting to this point and I am looking forward to learning more. Stockton lead the way @stocktondemo #ReinventStockton https://t.co/j2OPkA4zG8

— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 15, 2019

Stockton's median household income is just under $50,000 a year. Residents are chosen through an “algorithm” to make sure that the selection is representative of the community’s diversity.

The money is funded by a grant from the Economic Security Project, in addition to other funds raised, Tubbs said.

“There’s no restriction on how people can use the money,” he pointed out. “If people use it for drugs and alcohol that’s there prerogative. [But] if I didn’t believe in the capacity of the folks who elected me to make good decisions, I probably shouldn’t be mayor.”

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Alabama Newspaper Editor Calls On KKK To Lynch Democrats In Washington D.C.

The editor of a failing Alabama newspaper made news after he penned an editorial pleading for the KKK to “night ride again.” Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, a small weekly paper in Linden, Ala., doubled down on his racism in an interview Monday (Feb. 18).

"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," he told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

Sutton added that he’s not asking for “Americans”  to be lynched. “These are socialist-communists we’re talking about.” He also compared the KKK to the NAACP. “They didn’t kill but a few people. The Klan wasn’t violent until they need to be.”

In his editorial, Sutton lashed out against Democrats in the Republican party for “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”

“They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas,” he wrote. “The socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

Later in the piece Sutton put a bird call out to the KKK. “If you haven’t noticed, they did away with the draft so their sons would not have to go into battle. Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.

Sutton’s editorial is obviously catching backlash and calls for his resignation. The Alabama Press Association’s Board of Director’s condemned Sutton and suspended the newspaper’s membership. Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council voted to revoke his award in community journalism and the University of Southern Mississippi took him off their Journalism Hall of Fame.

Sutton's paper is doing so badly that he was forced to move the publication to an old barbecue restaurant. This new round of publicity could officially put the paper out of its misery.

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Khloe Kardashian Splits With Tristan Thompson, Confirms Latest Cheating Rumor

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are reportedly done amid reports that the NBA player cheated on her with her little sister’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.

According to Hollywood Unlocked, and multiple other reports, Thompson and Woods were spotted getting extra close during a party last weekend. Apparently, Woods stayed with Thompson until the next morning.

Thompson tweeted “FAKE NEWS” in response to the story, but he later deleted the post. Woods, meanwhile, turned off the comments on her Instagram account.

Kardashian confirmed the rumor with a comment on Instagram.

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#KhloeKardashian confirms our story. We got you Khloe! 🙏🏼

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Kardashian found out  about the cheating story on Monday (Feb. 18), People magazine reports.  “The whole family is furious,” said an alleged source. “They were blindsided.”

The 34-year -old reality star shares an infant daughter with Thompson. The couple dated for nearly three years, but cheating scandals are nothing new for the Cleveland Cavaliers player who cheated on Kardashian while she was pregnant with their daughter.

Thompson and his son’s mother, Jordan Craig, split while she was pregnant with their son. Thompson began dating Kardashian soon after.

 

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