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Kalief Browder's Sister Remembers Him As 'Normal Kid,' But Rikers Changed That

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.23.2017 | Home

“He was a normal kid growing up.” That’s how Nicole Browder remembers her youngest brother Kalief. It’s been more than a year since 22-year-o...

Jay Z Hopes Kalief Browder's Story Will 'Save A Lot Of Lives'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home

Jay Z’s latest project takes on a serious, but important subject. On Wednesday, the music mogul premiered his forthcoming Spike TV docu-series, “T...

Our Money Bail System Costs U.S. Taxpayers $38 Million A Day

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home

On any given day, more than 450,000 people are languishing in jails across the U.S. while they await trial. Many face low-level charges, and are stuck...

New York City To Pay $5.75 Million To Settle Black Inmate Death Lawsuit

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home

New York City on Tuesday agreed to pay $5.75 million to the mother of a mentally ill black man who died in 2013 after he was found in his cell naked a...

New York Prison Guard Pleads Guilty In Inmate Death Cover Up

Reuters | Philip Lewis | Posted 12.24.2016 | Home

A suspended guard at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he tried to cover up an assault by a fello...

A Look Back On Kalief Browder, A New York Teen Jailed For Years With No Conviction

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.15.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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For Michael Kenneth Williams, Rikers Island in The Night Of Was Real. Too Real.

David Hinckley | Posted 07.31.2016 | Home
David Hinckley

Michael Kenneth Williams didn't have to research Rikers Island before he took the role of Rikers inmate Freddy in HBO's tense hit drama The Night Of. ...

NYC Official Says Rape is Inevitable at Rikers Island: If true, we cannot send anyone there

Nick Malinowski | Posted 06.26.2016 | New York
Nick Malinowski

As New Yorkers we must insist that our Government do better. If indeed the City is powerless to prevent its own employees from perpetrating sexual violence on some of the most marginalized people in our communities, than the City simply cannot take people into custody.

Man Spends Nearly 5 Months At Rikers Because He Didn't Know About $2 Bail

New York Daily News | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home

He could have been free for the cost of a cup of coffee. A Queens man spent nearly five months at Rikers Island — from November 2014 to April 2015 ...

Rikers Prisoner Approaches 6 Years Without Trial

The Intercept | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home

Anna has made the trip to Rikers hundreds of times in the nearly six years her son has been awaiting trial. Each time, a friend picks her up early in ...

A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.23.2016 | Home

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Mayor's Office Accuses '60 Minutes' Of Not Telling Its Side Of Prison Story

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home

NEW YORK -- Near the end of a "60 Minutes" report Sunday addressing the mistreatment of inmates at Rikers Island, correspondent Bill Whitaker walked a...

Rikers Debate Cannot Stall Jail Reform

Bill de Blasio | Posted 04.19.2016 | New York
Bill de Blasio

For the first time ever, we are confronting important questions about Rikers Island and our criminal justice system as a whole -- in meaningful, realistic terms. The discussion about closing Rikers Island is an important one, and I welcome continued dialogue on this goal. But it cannot be the only goal.

MacArthur Foundation Bails Out Jurisdictions That Jail Too Many

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The MacArthur Foundation named the jurisdictions this week to which it will distribute millions of dollars in an effort aimed at reducin...

Nine Guards Are On Trial For Brutal Beating Of Rikers Island Inmate

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.24.2016 | Home

Nine correction officers are to go on trial on Wednesday for the brutal beating of an inmate and a subsequent coverup at New York City's Rikers Island...

Kalief Browder: Let Us Never Forget His Name

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
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.

The Daniel Holtzclaws of Rikers Island: Staff Sex Abuse Crisis in City Jails

Nick Malinowski | Posted 12.14.2016 | Home
Nick Malinowski

Over the past week people across the United States expressed outrage upon learning of the trial and subsequent conviction of Daniel Holtzclaw, an Okla...

It's Time to Close Rikers

Glenn Martin | Posted 11.24.2016 | New York
Glenn Martin

I know this culture of brutality and violence firsthand. In 1987, I was detained on Rikers Island. A group of young men in the holding cell tried to steal my jacket. Guards watched but did nothing as I defended myself against five other people. I kept my jacket, but was stabbed four times.

The Way to Make our Prisons Less Porous? Stop Punishing Offending Guards

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.11.2016 | Home
Chandra Bozelko

Justice reform has led the public to believe that we need to focus on who's leaving our nation's correctional facilities. If the last few weeks prove anything, it's that the nation's prisons are porous; we need to worry about what's going in, not who's going out.

Don't Blame Family Ties for Violence at Rikers Island

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 10.27.2016 | Home
Brooklyn Defender Services

New York City is poised to push through new rules restricting visitors and packages to city jails that are likely to have significant negative consequences both inside the jails and for the families they will impact.

U.S. Judge Approves Plan To Reform New York's Riker's Island Jail

Reuters | Benjamin Hart | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home

New York City will carry out systemic reforms at its troubled Rikers Island jail complex to resolve claims that guards regularly used unnecessary forc...

Calls To Close Down Rikers Island Are Getting Louder

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.09.2015 | Home

NEW YORK -- Tear down Rikers Island. That idea -- to close one of the country's largest jail complexes -- has in recent months inspired op-eds, prote...

Corruption Officer: A Man's Story From Guard to Inmate

Kelsey Minor | Posted 08.18.2016 | Home
Kelsey Minor

Take the journey with Gary Heyward and you will learn things that you maybe did not know about the jail system but most importantly you will leave fully committed to the fact that there is such thing as second chances.

Kalief Browder's Family To Sue New York City For $20 Million

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.07.2015 | Home

The family of Kalief Browder -- the Bronx teen who spent three years in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail without a conviction -- will sue ...

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.