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Calls To Close Down Rikers Island Are Getting Louder

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

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, ...

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

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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?

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.

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, ...

Jason Cherkis

Report Provides Even More Evidence Of The Misuse Of Solitary Confinement | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in New York, provides yet more evidence of t...

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...

Reforms Would Change How NYC Jails Deal With Mentally Ill, Drug-Addicted Inmates

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 01.31.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Corrections, mental health and law enforcement experts called Mayor Bill de Blasio's $130 million plan to steer mentally ill and dru...

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 ...

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...

Here's More Evidence That New York's Largest Jail Is An Utterly Horrific Place

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

A scathing report released Monday details the "culture of violence" imposed upon teenage inmates at New York City's Rikers Island, the second largest ...

Inmate Died After 7 Days In NYC Jail Cell

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — The grisly deaths of two inmates — one who "baked to death" in his overheated cell, another who sexually mutilated himself while l...

NYC Council To Address Mentally Ill Inmate 'Baked To Death'

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers plan on asking Department of Correction officials at a budget hearing about a mentally ill inmate who a city official told...

Many Held In NYC Jail Are Never Convicted

WNYC | Robert Lewis | Posted 09.20.2013 | New York

Many people are held in New York City jails for weeks or months before trial who are never ultimately convicted of a crime. From 2006 through 2010,...

Former Inmate Accused Of Sneaking BACK Into Rikers

AP | Posted 05.02.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Most people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneakin...

The House We All Live In

The Fix | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York

It seems about right that it's raining as we drive over the bridge to Rikers Island in a prison van with metal grills over the windows. We're riding w...

Meet The Ascot-Wearing Rapist

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 01.03.2012 | Style

We don't plan on getting arrested anytime soon, but if we were thrown in jail we imagined we wouldn't dress up for the occasion (on the contrary: we'd...

Ai Weiwei's Riot-Themed Photo Shoot | Posted 12.14.2011 | Arts

In spite of being on virtual house arrest in China, world's most powerful artist Ai Weiwei has directed a cover photo shoot for W Magazine via Skype f...

Lil Wayne Released From Rikers

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Lil Wayne was freed from jail Thursday after serving eight months in a gun case, emerging with a hot new album, well-wishes from a former...

Lil Wayne Writes Final Letter From Prison In Advance Of His Release | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Hello world! My world! Our world! As I greet you all in my last days on this island, I must reflect. I think back to when I first arrived and I had...