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Kalief Browder: Let Us Never Forget His Name

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Cheryl Carlesimo

Let's all keep Kalief Browder's name and sacrifice alive. As Black History month starts. Let's add Kalief Browder's name to the list of heroes who died so that others might live a better life.

New York City Will Implement Sweeping Reforms For Rikers Island Jail

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

(Updates with further details on settlement) By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to ...

The Intersection of Race, Class and the Constitution: Kalief Browder

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Sheena C. Howard

The Kalief Browder case reminds me that no one like me was at the table when the Constitution was created. What good are Constitutional rights, if they are not afforded to everyone?

Christopher Mathias

The Death Of Kalief Browder Is An 'American Tragedy Almost Beyond Words' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices

Kalief Browder, a young man from New York City who had gained national renown in recent years as a symbol of America's broken criminal justice system,...

Death And Neglect At Rikers Women's Jail

The Intercept | ERIKA EICHELBERGER | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

This story originally appeared in The Intercept and was was reported was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, ...

Christopher Mathias

Advocates Welcome Retirement Of Rikers Official Who Oversaw Violent Juvenile Facility | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Prisoners' rights advocates and lawmakers on Tuesday welcomed the news that the top uniformed official at New York City's Department of Co...

Christopher Mathias

Rikers Island Inmate Says He Was Beaten And Sodomized By Guard | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In the latest horror story to emerge from New York’s largest jail, an inmate claims a guard tied him to a hospital bed before beating an...

Kids Shouldn't Be at Rikers, Period

Alba Morales | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Alba Morales

People younger than 18 cannot vote, drink, or rent a car in any US state. Just this year, New York raised the age at which someone can buy cigarettes to 21. Yet the state continues to treat all 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as if they were adults.

Report: Violence At Rikers Island Surged Under Bloomberg

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

The current crisis of brutality and mental illness overwhelming Rikers Island, one of the country's most notoriously violent jail complexes, can be tr...

REPORT: Bosses At Notorious NY Jail Promoted Despite 'Culture Of Violence' For Teen Inmates

NY Daily News | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

In May, Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte promoted William Clemons to chief of department. Turhan Gumusdere, one of Clemons' top underlings, was na...

Drive Change: Delicious Advocacy on the Move in NYC

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 03.20.2013 | New York
Heritage Radio Network

What has four wheels, serves pulled-pork sandwiches and delivers a message of social justice? It's the Drive Change food truck and it's coming to the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn this summer.

Rikers Island -- Last Stop on the New York City School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 04.04.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

The size of the prison system in the United States is horrific. Equally horrific are its rapid growth and the direct and indirect costs.

Do Not Pass Go; The Collateral Damage of Visiting Day

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.26.2011 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

It's a perfect day. Blue skies dotted with cotton clouds and gentle breezes carry the unmistakable scent of the ocean. If I closed my eyes, I'd think I was in Martha's Vineyard. Instead, I see sunlight glinting off the barbed wire everywhere.

Retired Executive Helps Youth Succeed After Jail

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Although many people would think that inmates leave behind the most difficult time in their lives when they get out of jail, the reality is that the c...

Dwight Gomas Spent 17-Months In Rikers After Botched Fingerprints

New York Daily News | John Marzulli | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

An innocent Georgia man spent 17 months on Rikers Island on robbery charges before a sharp-eyed detective noticed he was the victim of mismatched fing...