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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 11.04.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

It's Time to Raise the Age, New York: There Are Better Alternatives for Teens

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 11.09.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that these are not "bad" kids, but many of them are kids to whom bad things have happened. With help, these fragile teens can and will succeed -- but not by locking them up with adults.

7 New Edgy Dating Reality Shows This Fall

Kipp Friedman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

With the success of reality dating shows like Dating Naked and The Bachelorette, TV network executives are scrambling to create even edgier reality dating shows for this fall's line-up. Here are seven new shows already in production.

No Charges In 3 Deadly Beatings At Rikers Island, Despite Homicide Rulings

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 10.20.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed. What f...

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...

REPORT: Bosses At Notorious NY Jail Promoted Despite 'Culture Of Violence' For Teen Inmates

NY Daily News | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

In May, Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte promoted William Clemons to chief of department. Turhan Gumusdere, one of Clemons' top underlings, was na...

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 ...

Report: Horrific Culture Of Abuse Against Teens At NYC's Largest Jail

AP | JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guard...

Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 09.29.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

More than 75 percent of the people on Rikers Island and in other city jails are not in custody due to a conviction. They are in jail on bail, sometimes as low as $250, because they cannot afford to meet this cash obligation.