Christopher Robinson

  • News

    August 8, 2012

    Rikers Con Job

    With jail violence out of control, a bogus task force only made things worse

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Dwaine Taylor, Ex-Rikers Inmate Sues, Claims 'The Program' Still Exists

    Responding to a recent Voice article on violence in the jails, the city Correction Department had claimed that they had done away with "the program," in which correction officers on their own condoned or encouraged gang-affiliated inmates to beat up inmates to keep order. In 2008, 17-year-old Christ ... More >>

  • News

    May 9, 2012

    Rikers Violence: Out Of Control

    Shocking images back up what we've been reporting for years: New York City's jails are houses of horror

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Jail Guard Charged In Inmate Assaults

    Prosecutors in the Bronx have indicted a correction officer for beating up two inmates and trying to cover up one of the incidents at jail housing teenage detainees. The case emerged from an broad investigation into problems at the Robert N. Davoren Center that started after the fatal 2008 beating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Rikers Boss Steps Down -- After 2-Year Voice Series

    City Correction and Probation Commissioner Martin Horn, one of Mayor Bloomberg's longest serving appointees, announced his resignation today. He's leaving a jail system that for the last two years has been the subject of Voice stories about corrections officers condoning and even arranging violence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: New Law a Response to Jail Violence

    Following a drumbeat of negative news about the city jail for teenagers, and after the outcry over the murder of 18-year-old Christopher Robinson there, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill yesterday that requires the Correction Department to disclose safety and census data on teens in jail.   ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: The Knockout Punch

    Documents show that top officials in the city's jail system were regularly briefed on violence and extortion between teen inmates.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Family of Dead Inmate Confronted by Angry Correction Officers Outside Court

    Simmering tensions between the family of a teenager beaten to death at Rikers Island and correction officers erupted today at the Bronx courthouse.    As an arraignment for several inmates charged in the case ended, more than 30 correction officers confronted members of Christopher Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Jails Commissioner Finally Confronted by City Council

    In the ongoing controversy over the murder of teenager Christopher Robinson at a Rikers Island jail, someone in the City Council finally tried to pin down Correction Commissioner Martin Horn on what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did to stop it.    Robinson was fatally beaten i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: More Widespread Then The City Admits

    Even as indictments came down for two jail guards accused of using teen inmates as enforcers, Correction Department officials sought to downplay the breadth of the problem.The indictments last month followed the October murder of teenager Christopher Robinson in the Rikers Island jail for young offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: Not Just A Recent Problem

    Our "Rikers Fight Club" coverage has prompted additional people to report their own nasty experiences at the teen jail where 18-year-old Christopher Robinson was beaten to death by inmates allegedly working as enforcers for two wayward correction officers.    Cesar Ferrer, now a 29-ye ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Jail Guard Union Throws Party for Indicted Guards

       Last Friday, the Voice has learned, the union for correction officers held a 10-hour fundraiser to benefit three members who were indicted two weeks ago for deputizing teen inmates as enforcers in a Rikers Island jail.     In the fallout that has followed the murder of te ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club

    After indications for more than a year that guards were using inmates as enforcers, New York's jails are rocked by a pair of indictments

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    More Coverage of Rikers Island "Fight Club" First Covered Here

    In July 2007 Graham Rayman revealed in the Voice that guards at Rikers were deputizing inmates "to beat up other inmates," sometimes paying them with cigarettes, and that internal reports were played off and at least one whistleblower fired. "Young people tell me when they go in there, the culture i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    3 Arrests in Inmate Killing Probed by Voice

    You've seen the stories Voice reporter Graham Rayman has been writing about the October killing of Christopher Robinson on Rikers Island -- how the 18-year-old inmate was beaten to death under peculiar circumstances and how, after Rayman's continued probing, first one and then several Corrections ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    More Heads Roll in Wake of Rikers Jail Murder

    Remember in Goodfellas when Robert De Niro's character, Jimmy Conway, whacks everyone who can tie him to the Lufthansa heist? Correction Commissioner Martin Horn seems to be doing something similar — if only on a bureaucratic level — in the wake of the recent murder of a teenager in a R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Rikers Death Forces Out High Jail Official

    In the widening fallout from last month's murder of a teenager on Rikers Island, Correction Commissioner Martin Horn has forced the early retirement of one of the highest-ranking officials in the department. Assistant Chief Lionel Lorquet was in charge of seven jails, including the Robert N. Davore ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    City Jails Chief Gets Off With Only a Few Sentences

    Council members barely question Martin Horn on the deadly teen jail at Rikers

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Follow-Up: Grand Jury Will Hear Case of Teen Killed at Rikers

    Bronx prosecutors have told the family of a teen fatally beaten in a city jail last month -- whose case is covered in the current Voice -- that they will take the case to a grand jury shortly after Thanksgiving. Relatives of the slain teen, Christopher Robinson, met with prosecutors from the Bronx ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2008

    Teen Murder at Rikers Jail

    New details about the slow and painful death of a Brooklyn kid. Did guards turn a blind eye?