Jail guards somehow mistook a mother of four for a man and stuck her in an all-male holding area for two days, where inmates urinated on her shoes, exposed themselves to her and threatened her with rape, the Voice has learned. Joan Gonzalez, 43, of the Bronx, repeatedly pleaded with correcti ... More >>
The city jails system has a new commissioner. Dora Schriro, a former special advisor in the Department of Homeland Security, was tapped this week to replace Martin Horn, who has gone on to a cushy job as a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Schriro in the past has also run ... More >>
That's it for Darryl Littlejohn. The bouncer at The Falls, earlier found guilty of the gruesome murder of Imette St. Guillen , has been sentenced to life without parole. As was his practice throughout his trial, Littlejohn said nothing at his sentencing. He had already been sentenced to 25 to life f ... More >>
In the running controversy over the Dec. 30 bar mitzvah at the Tombs, we reported that Assistant Correction Commissioner Umar Abdul-Jalil [above] was on "lifetime parole" following his prison stint on drug charges. In fact, that wasn't accurate. As his lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman pointed out this week ... More >>
In case you were wondering why all the Orthodox Jewish inmates ended up in the city jail in Manhattan known as the Tombs, where they could enjoy special treatment, we think we have an answer. Supposedly, an inmate is an inmate is an inmate, barring medical and security issues, and the rules say the ... More >>
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 >>
Last week, while President Obama was vetting her credentials out of the Oval Office, Judge Sonia Sotomayor firmly dissented from her appeals court colleagues on a case that -- while it surely won't be considered a landmark ruling in the vein of saving Major League Baseball -- suggests her approach t ... More >>
Documents show that top officials in the city's jail system were regularly briefed on violence and extortion between teen inmates.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
Bill Clinton and the Pataki administration made a huge mistake when they signed legislation in the mid-1990s that blocked state prisoners from obtaining a college education from their cells. That's the finding of a report released Friday by the Correctional Association of New York, a leading p ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Council members barely question Martin Horn on the deadly teen jail at Rikers
New details about the slow and painful death of a Brooklyn kid. Did guards turn a blind eye?
New allegation at scandal-ridden jail
Forbidden love in the bar scene
On Ward's Island, it's legal limbo for men who probably deserve it
Inmate Patrick Miller didn't beat the system. It beat him.
Here's some news to make that Memorial Day BBQ that much sweeter: The Ruler's back and it looks like he's here to stay. Governor Paterson has pardoned Ricky Walters. Who? The Grand Wizard aka MC Ricky D aka Slick Rick aka The Ruler. Not frosted flakes. "Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence ... More >>
Whoa...It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in Rikers. The fun began on April 14, when 14 of 17 correction captains staged a one-day sickout to protest a department crackdown following the arrest of an officer for using inmates as enforcers. Then, on Thursday, authorities announced ... More >>
Jail guard indicted for pitting inmates against each other
The end of Pataki's throw-away-the-key policy hits a 35-year-old snag
Months after selling coke to an undercover, cops find him with 100 packets of 'Black Gold'
Robert Riggio has made a career out of conning priests and parishes by phone. If he calls you, hang up.
Visiting a loved one in Rikers? Good luck.
After decades in prison, three friends try to sort things out
Another kind of 9/11 victim, Narinder Singh spent more than five years locked up for no crime at all
State to sex offenders: You're scary enough. No masks, no costumes, no candy, stay home.
Underfunded, inept board just lies there while Bloomberg implements draconian rules in city's huge system
In a shocker, aging rogue cop and Knapp rat Bill Phillips finally wins parole in murder case he says was a frame-up
A former guard sues the city jail chief over his statements in the Voice
Puts himself to sleep with creamy spinich and barolo
An officer's whistleblowing should have been heeded, says a union president in the wake of a Voice report
Rikers officers encourage gang violence: surprising testimony and the stats to back it up
Two jail fatalities involve use of force in both cases, but only silence from officials.
His psychotic Rikers cellmateor the prison system itself?
Yesterday, a Manhattan judge ordered former NYPD officer Bill Phillips released from prison on parole. As Voice reporter Sean Gardiner wrote in August, the former corrupt cop turned whistle-blower had been denied freedom by the parole board every odd year since 1999. Phillips, 76, had been be ... More >>
In the latest friction between federal agents and the Puerto Rican independence movement, the FBI busted a veteran militant in San Juan yesterday for allegedly violating the terms of his release from federal prison. The timing of Antonio Camacho Negron's arrest makes independentistas suspicious, be ... More >>