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Christopher Mathias

Rikers Island Guard Repeatedly Raped 2 Women Inmates, Says Lawsuit | 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 | 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

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...

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 03.07.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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...