Tell Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance: Stop Sending People to Rikers to Die

14 people have officially lost their lives in NYC jail custody this year. Two people have died in just the past 3 days alone.

Anthony Scott, who had autism and battled mental illness, was taken off life support on Monday after he was found hanging in a holding pen in Manhattan Criminal Court. He had been ordered held on $15,000 cash bail or a $45,000 bond while awaiting disposition of the case. 

And just last week, 64-year old Victor Mercado contracted and died from COVID-19 while sitting in jail because he couldn't afford the exorbitant $100,000 bail set for his case. He had been granted compassionate release 1 hour before he died.

Anthony and Victor were sentenced to death before even being convicted. And we can't allow one more person to succumb to this cruelty.

This is a humanitarian crisis and the only solution is immediate decarceration. Join Color Of Change and call Manhattan DA Cy Vance to demand he stops sending people to Rikers to die. 

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