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Feds Urged To Launch Probe Into Rikers Inmate's Death

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 01.23.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors should launch a civil rights probe into the 2013 death of a mentally ill Rikers Island inmate who was locked in ...

REPORT: NYC Jail Guards Hired Despite Arrests, Debts And Gang Ties

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 01.15.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — One applicant to be a New York City correction officer had been fired from his last job as a security guard for stealing. Another ad...

NYC Jail Guards Reported More Use Of Force Than Ever In 2014

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 01.14.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City jail guards reported more use of force against inmates in 2014 than ever before — an average of 11 incidents a day r...

NYC To End Solitary Confinement For Inmates 21 And Under

AP | Posted 01.13.2015 | Crime

The New York City agency that oversees jails outlined on Friday its proposed changes to the rules governing the nation's second-largest jail system, i...

Tragic Deaths Shed Light On Brutality At Rikers

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.06.2015 | Crime

On New Year's Day, Fabian Cruz — a mentally ill inmate at Rikers' Island that was supposed to be on suicide watch — hanged himself, continuing a d...

Open Letter from Brooklyn Defender Services to City, State & Federal Elected Officials

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 01.05.2015 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

Advocates uniformly agreed: increased levels of punishment and restriction will neither curb violence nor create better conditions for DOC employees or the people who have the misfortune to be in their custody.

Mentally Ill Inmate Who Hanged Himself Was Supposed To Be On Suicide Watch

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 01.02.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill inmate who hanged himself on New Year's Day in a Rikers Island jail cell was supposed to be placed on suicide watch, ...

Widespread Problems On Rikers Island Tough To Fix

Associated Press | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 12.29.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Woods shook uncontrollably, his body wracked by convulsions, as fellow inmates held him in their arms and shouted for help. ...

New Rikers Island Restrictive Unit Would Curb Violence: Jail Boss

AP | Posted 12.20.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- Correction officials on Friday encouraged the city's jail watchdog board to approve a proposed rule change to allow for the creation ...

Feds Sue New York City Over Rikers Island Jail Violence

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have sued New York City to speed reforms at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex. The lawsuit was filed Th...

Rikers Guard Arrested In Case Of Inmate Who 'Baked To Death' In Cell

AP | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- A jail guard accused of skipping her rounds and falsifying the logbook to cover it up was charged Monday in connection with the death...

Police Violence Is a Systemic Problem With No End in Sight

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 12.05.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

There is a real risk of serious medical neglect and even death any time an indifferent police force or corrections department has custody of anyone -- particularly the most vulnerable people: the mentally ill; the infirm; the young. It is time to limit these encounters to only the most extreme cases of violence and criminality.

Christopher Mathias

New York's Largest Jail To Open Housing Unit For Transgender Women | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The country’s second-largest jail will open a housing unit this week for transgender women, officials announced Tuesday, in a historic e...

Christopher Mathias

How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.06.2014 | Crime

An undercover investigator posing as a guard at the country’s second-largest jail was able to easily smuggle $22,000 worth of contraband into the fa...

Reducing Population at Rikers Island the Quickest Path to Meaningful Reforms

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 01.04.2015 | Crime
Brooklyn Defender Services

The greatest improvement in jail conditions will occur when the jail population is reduced only to those who cannot be released due to the very serious nature of their charges, such as homicides.

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.

Christopher Mathias

Lawmaker: Treatment Of Teen Inmates On Rikers Island Is 'Torture' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York City Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte said on Wednesday that he's ending solitary confinement for young inmates...

You're Young, You're Black, And You've Got No Future

Harriet McDonald | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.

They Accused Him Of Taking A Backpack. The Courts Took The Next 3 Years Of His Life.

The New Yorker | JENNIFER GONNERMAN | Posted 09.30.2014 | Crime

In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party i...

Rikers Island To Stop Putting Teens In Solitary Confinement

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime

JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — By the end of the year, city corrections officials will end their longstanding practice of sending...

Judge Recommends 6 Officers Who Hog-Tied, Beat Inmate, Be Fired

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail ...

Christopher Mathias

Yet Another Employee Of New York's Largest Jail Arrested | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.25.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK -- An employee at New York's largest jail was arrested this week, marking the 11th time this year that one of its workers has been charged ei...

Heat And Medication Killed Ex-Marine In NYC Jail Cell: Autopsy

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 11.12.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to enviro...