Shows featuring Lisa Ortega

New York City Jails Action Coalition. Her son was held in Rikers Island during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

  • Thousands Held in NYC Jail Will Not Be Evacuated Even As Surrounding Areas Face Storm Surge

    New York City authorities promise the island home to 12,000 New York City prisoners sits on land high enough to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. But advocates told Democracy Now! they are still concerned that Rikers Island is not being evacuated, given the size of the Frankenstorm that is Hurricane Sandy. They also point to prison officials’ failure to communicate clearly with inmates...
    October 29, 2012 | Blog Post