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Rikers Island Warden Demoted After Inmate 'Baked To Death'

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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...

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...

Lucas Kavner

'Pay-For-Success' Model Seeks To Revolutionize Social Investing | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business

Long before doctor and entrepreneur Paul Polak began trying to revolutionize social investing -- before he could even drive a car -- he was planting t...

Lawsuit: Sexed-Up Correction Officers Getting Busy On Rikers Island

DNAinfo | Posted 09.20.2012 | New York

RIKERS ISLAND -- Sex among city correction officers is "rampant" on Rikers Island -- and it happens during work hours, a new lawsuit charges. Corre...

Mayors Lead the Charge For Innovation

James Anderson | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
James Anderson

Mayors around the nation are working to meet increased demands with fewer and fewer resources, making the need for public-sector innovation more important than ever.

NFTE Solutions: A Pioneering Entrepreneurial Group Business Program for Low-Income Youth

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Steve Mariotti

My fundamental belief remains that the craft of small-business ownership holds the solution to creating sustainable employment for young people, particularly those in marginalized economic scenarios.

'Big Ang' Won't Pay $300k Bail To Get Her Son Out Of Jail

Posted 08.06.2012 | TV

On the latest episode of "Big Ang" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on VH1), Ang decided that maybe her son AJ just needed to move back in with mom. She told her frie...

Goldman Sachs Is Investing In Rikers Island

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ and KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs will invest almost $10 million in a city jail program that will produce profits for the investment firm if recidivism r...

Rikers Guard Kills Massachusetts Cop, Self

Posted 06.05.2012 | New York

A Springfield, Massachusetts cop was shot and killed by a New York City Corrections officer Monday, cops say. Kevin Ambrose was responding to a cal...

Family Of 'Millionaire Madam' Starts Website To Raise Her Bail

Posted 05.07.2012 | New York

The family of accused "millionaire madam" Anna Gristina have taken to the web to raise funds for her $2 million bail and to bring her home in time for...

Epileptic Teen Who Killed Mom: 'I Don't Remember Anything'

Posted 04.14.2012 | New York

Harold Wachtel, the epileptic 19-year-old charged with murdering his mother-- beloved La Guardia High School teacher, Pratt professor, and writer Kary...

Inside The Reopened Brooklyn House Of Detention (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.06.2012 | New York

After years of debate, a lawsuit, and another lawsuit, the Brooklyn House of Detention is slated to reopen next week. The facility closed in 2003 ...

Rikers Island -- Last Stop on the New York City School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 04.04.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

The size of the prison system in the United States is horrific. Equally horrific are its rapid growth and the direct and indirect costs.