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Kids Shouldn't Be at Rikers, Period

Alba Morales | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 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 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.

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.