Otis Bantum Correctional Center

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Correction Department Failing to Keep Staff Firearm-Qualified; Thousands Out of Compliance

    Commissioner Dora Schriro's Correction Department is failing to follow through on required annual firearms qualification for thousands of officers, in violation of its own regulations and state law, the Village Voice has learned. Figures obtained by the Voice from a DOC database indicate that as o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Rikers Fight Club: The Ides of June Leave 5 Slashed in One Week

    The week of June 5 to June 12 was a pretty bad one out on Rikers Island. Records obtained by the Voice show there were at least 8 significant fights, 5 inmates suffered slash wounds, several inmates sustained serious injuries, and there were 5 uses of force by correction officers. The worst of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Top Staff Shakeup On Rikers In Wake of Recent Bad News; Two More Slashings, Too

    A major shakeup in the upper echelons of the city Correction Department took place late last week, amid word of two more slashings, including one in the troubled teen jail, the Voice has learned. Three senior Correction officials were reassigned, including the Assistant Chief of Security Mark Scott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Rikers Fight Club: Spate of Violence Roils Jails

    A spate of violence and death hit the city jails over the past five days, including three slashings and a suicide, the Voice has learned. One of the slashings took place in the Robert N. Davoren Center, which houses teen inmates, and was the subject of a recent Voice article on violence.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Aunray Stanford, Teen Inmate, Seriously Injured At Troubled City Jail

    Another teen inmate was seriously injured over the weekend in the Robert N. Davoren Center, where teenagers are housed. Correction officials confirm that Aunray Stanford, 18, was injured in a struggle with correction officers and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He subsequently released a ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2007

    What the Jail Guard Saw

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

  • News

    February 20, 2007

    Kiko Was Here

    A would-be Basquiat goes to prison in a misguided graffiti crackdown

  • News

    December 19, 2000

    Life on the Outside

    After 16 Years in Prison Elaine Bartlett Came Home to a City and a Family She Barely Knew. Freedom Wasn’t at All What She’d Imagined

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

    Stun Shields, Stray Cats, Buck-Fifties, Boofing: The Top Brass’s Tour of America’s Largest Penal Colony

  • Specials

    August 15, 2000