Rikers Island, New York City’s main holding center for its most violent and most innocent inmates, is synonymous with corruption and brutality. After decades of failed reform of the ten prison complex island, Mayor de Blasio gives a flimsy and disappointing plan for closure which will take another decade. When countless families and individuals, notably Kalief Browder, are broken by “torture island” what will it take to convince this administration that this is an outdated shithole? A third of our nation’s 2.7 million prison population is in local jails, which get less press than the federal prisons but have worse conditions. But local movements like #CLOSERikers are exposing how imperative it is to close these barbaric debtors prisons which affect communities of color disproportionately.

Lee Camp is the host and head writer of the popular comedy news TV show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. The show also features correspondents John F. O’Donnell, Carlos Delgado, Naomi Karavani, and Phillip Chang. Salon.com said, "The finest TV satire thus far this election season has come from the Nightly Show and Lee Camp on Redacted Tonight." The show has also won a 2016 Telly Award for their live stand-up comedy special in New York City. George Carlin's daughter Kelly said Camp was one of only a handful keeping her father's torch lit. Camp is a former writer for The Onion and for Huffington Post Comedy. He created and starred in the viral YouTube show Moment of Clarity that was seen by millions, and he's performed stand-up comedy in a dozen countries and every state in the US. He has also been featured on Comedy Central, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, MTV, FOX & Showtime. Many know him from the viral clip of him on Fox News calling a “parade of propaganda and a festival of ignorance.”