Jonathan Chasan

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Ronald Spear's Death At Rikers: A Host of Disturbing Questions Emerge

    On the afternoon of Dec. 19, Nellie Kelly's phone rang. The caller identified himself as an inmate on Rikers Island, and told her he had some bad news about her brother, Ronald Spear. The inmate's name was Jesse James. He was 29, and had been awaiting trial since September in the jail known as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Michael Hourihane, Top Uniformed Jail Official, To Retire

    Michael Hourihane, the top uniformed official in the city Department of Corrections has put in his retirement papers, and is expected to step down at the end of the year, the Voice has learned. Correction Commissioner Dora Schriro called Hourihane, who had served the department for 32 years, "the ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2007

    What the Jail Guard Saw

    Rikers officers encourage gang violence: surprising testimony and the stats to back it up