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The Tragedy of Kalief Browder and the Merits of Pretrial Release

Lindsay Holcomb | Posted 07.02.2015 | College
Lindsay Holcomb

The physical and psychological violence inflicted upon Browder from arrest to release by the same institutions which purport to keep us safe is a stain on the consciousness of every New Yorker as it was carried out in our name as the mangled byproduct of our collective democratic will.

What We Learned From the Nation's First Social Impact Bond

James Anderson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
James Anderson

While we hoped this therapeutic program would have greater impact for youth, the social impact bond proved to be a highly useful tool.

Christopher Mathias

Here's Kalief Browder's Heartbreaking Research Paper On Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices

Bronx Community College was proud of Kalief Browder. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, the 22-year-old had an impressive 3.55 grade point ave...

New York City Will Implement Sweeping Reforms For Rikers Island Jail

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

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

Finally, Rikers Guards May Be Banned From Hitting Inmates In The Head

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime

New York City officials and federal prosecutors have tentatively agreed on a plan for reforming Rikers Island, the city’s largest jail. The chan...

Sweeping Reforms Set For Rikers After Damning Reports Of Abuse

The New York Times | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

New York City officials have tentatively agreed to sweeping reforms that would remake Rikers Island, including the appointment of a federal monitor to...

The Humanity of the Guilty: A Crime Survivor's Path of Forgiveness

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

In my work as an advocate and writer, I've encountered countless men and women who are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. There is a particular tragedy to these cases.

Christopher Mathias

Anger And Grief At Vigil For Kalief Browder

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A vigil Thursday evening for Kalief Browder -- the young Bronx man who died by suicide this week after spending his teenage years in jail ...

If I Could Talk to Kalief Browder

Shaka Senghor | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Shaka Senghor

The news of your death is heartbreaking. It has stirred my soul and inspired me to action. It is soul stirring because I refuse to let your death be in vain. I cannot, shall not and will not allow your story to go quietly away.

Kalief Browder's Lawyer: Incarceration Was 'Direct Cause' Of Young Man's Suicide

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices

Kalief Browder, a 22-year-old man from New York City, took his own life this past weekend, an act that his lawyer says is directly connected to the th...

Christopher Mathias

The Death Of Kalief Browder Is An 'American Tragedy Almost Beyond Words'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

Rikers Island Guard Repeatedly Raped 2 Women Inmates, Says Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.19.2015 | Crime

A male guard at New York's Rikers Island jail complex repeatedly raped two female inmates, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges. The suit, whic...

Kalief Browder's Lawyer Reacts To Horrific Video Of Rikers Island Beatings

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.24.2015 | Black Voices

One day after The New Yorker published horrific new video of teenage Rikers Island inmate Kalief Browder being beaten by a corrections officer and oth...

New Video Shows NYC Teen's 3 Years Of Hell In Rikers Island Jail

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.24.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK -- Kalief Browder spent three years in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex on a robbery charge that was ultimately dismiss...

Christopher Mathias

1,500 Rikers Island Inmates Have Been Behind Bars More Than A Year Without Being Convicted

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan Tuesday to modernize the city’s criminal justice system and improve conditions in the Rikers...

Violence At Rikers Island Jail Leaves 7 Guards Injured

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.27.2015 | Crime

A brawl among more than a dozen inmates at a New York City jail plagued by violence has left seven correctional officers injured. On Friday morning...

Mother Sues Over Son's Suicide At Rikers Island

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 04.13.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a suicidal New York City inmate who hanged himself in a Rikers Island solitary confinement cell in 2013 after repeated...

Juvenile-Justice Reform: What Are We Waiting For?

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.12.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

We have a widely recognized national problem and the rarest of commodities in Washington: broad, bipartisan support for reform. The time to act is now.

Jerome Murdough, He Too Is America

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

In 2013, Jerome Murdough baked to death in a 101-degree Rikers Island cell. This is how a former U.S. Marine met his end.

The Bus to Rikers Island

TNTP | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
TNTP

We must redouble our commitment to ensuring that all young people experience strong attachments in school -- and fair school discipline policies -- so we can reduce the risk that they'll ever have to take that terrifying (and life-altering) bus ride to Rikers.

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 03.16.2015 | 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...