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7 New Edgy Dating Reality Shows This Fall

Kipp Friedman | Posted 08.29.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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.

Rikers Island Officers Routinely Beat Mentally Ill Inmates: Report

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

A secret internal study at Rikers Island, one of the country's most violent jails, uncovered the disturbing levels of officer brutality against inmate...

Matt Sledge

Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Charges 'Medical Malpractice' In Rikers Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Occupy Wall Street cause célèbre Cecily McMillan was released from Rikers Island on Wednesday and immediately used her freedom to denoun...

Tonya Threadgill Teaches Convicts To Love Learning Again

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices

Many educators go above and beyond the call of duty, but very few do so for convicted prisoners. Tonya Threadgill, the principal of Rikers Island's...

Sebastian Murdock

Inside Rikers Island, Rock N' Roll Reigns

HuffingtonPost.com | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime

There's only one road into Rikers Island. It takes visitors over a mile-long bridge, and standing before it, Officer Blackwell lists everything that c...

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...

Rikers Island Warden Demoted After Inmate 'Baked To Death'

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 06.03.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — The warden of the 2,100-inmate New York City jail where a homeless, mentally ill veteran "baked to death" in an overheated cell in F...

Jerome Murdough Tragedy Shows Where the System Failed and What Needs to be Fixed

Tim Murray | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Tim Murray

Last month, a veteran U.S. Marine "basically baked to death" in a New York City jail after a malfunctioning heating system caused the temperature in his cell to exceed 100 degrees.

A Homeless Veteran Was 'Baked To Death' In Jail Cell

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 03.19.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell o...

Snail-Paced Reforms at City Jails Are Unacceptable

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 04.06.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

A recent NYC Board of Corrections (BOC) meeting disclosed a troubling state of affairs at the city jails. Violence between prisoners, guards and medical staff is on the rise and the department's use of solitary confinement and punitive segregation remain sticky subjects.

Getting it Right: Raising the Age and Justice System Reforms for Adolescents

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

New York remains one of just two states nationally that prosecute sixteen and seventeen year-olds in adult criminal court, despite extensive research indicating that these practices are not effective at reducing criminality.

Family Of Blind Rikers Inmate Seeks Answers After Death

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 11.26.2013 | New York

The family of Apolinar Solis, a legally blind inmate at Riker's Island, is seeking answers after Solis died of injuries resulting from a fall down a s...

What Happened To This Teen Was A Complete Miscarriage Of Justice

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.26.2013 | New York

Bronx resident Kalief Browder was walking home from a party when he was abruptly arrested by New York City police officers on May 14, 2010. A complete...

One NYC Inmate Almost As Costly As Ivy League Tuition

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- New York is indeed an expensive place, but experts say that alone doesn't explain a recent report that found the city's annual cost per in...

Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Building College Pathways From Rikers Island

Aviva Tevah | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Aviva Tevah

What they found was that lack of information and self-confidence are frequent barriers to college success for young men of color in the criminal justice system, who are often deterred by incomplete and inaccurate information about financial aid, admissions, and the benefits of a degree.

WATCH: Fight On Rikers Island

Posted 10.22.2013 | New York

ABC has obtained a video of a prison fight on Rikers Island. The fight took place on August 5. Eleven inmates were injured, and 5 seriously, accor...

NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

Jim Luce | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State -- with the fifth highes...

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...

Sick And In Solitary On Rikers Island

THE NEW YORK WORLD | Posted 02.06.2013 | New York

Last summer, a 25-year-old robbery suspect at Rikers Island took a ball of concentrated soap meant to clean his jail cell and swallowed it. Jason Eche...