Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his j ... More >>
Orange Is The New Black, everyone's new favorite show, is based on a true story. Officer Porn-stache, Big Red the prison cook, and Piper Chapman, the sweet, yuppie purveyor of artisan bath products-turned-convicted felon--they're all modeled after real people. Lichfield Correctional Facility, the ... More >>
The New York Civil Liberties Union yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court charging New York State prison officials with overseeing policies that lead to the "arbitrary and unjustified use" of solitary confinement for prison inmates.The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Leroy Peoples, spent more than two ... More >>
The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report yesterday detailing the "inhumane, arbitrary use of solitary confinement" in New York state prisons. Based on the report, the group is now calling for drastic reforms in how the New York State Department of Corrections deals with inmates in segre ... More >>
The New York Civil Liberties Union recently released a report outlining the "inhumane, arbitrary use of solitary confinement" in New York state prisons.Included in the report are handwritten letters from several inmates placed in segregated housing (solitary confinement) for various -- in many cases ... More >>
It's not easy to feel a great deal of sympathy for many of the convicted criminals locked away in New York's prisons, we know. But a new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union might just conjure up at least some compassion. Then again, maybe it won't -- they're still criminals.Regardless, th ... More >>
With In Defense of Flogging, Peter Moskos ponders a return to the lash
People upstate consider the Bronx's Gladys Carrión Satan incarnate
Everyone knows that prison food isn't exactly the stuff that gastronomic fantasies are made of, but apparently it's bad enough to incite inmates to actual violence. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a corrections officer told Kentucky lawmakers that the August riot at the Northport Tra ... More >>
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 >>
The New York native was released from prison after serving more than five years for a murder he didn't commit. Here's why he's still not free.
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 >>
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
Inmate Patrick Miller didn't beat the system. It beat him.
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
Months after selling coke to an undercover, cops find him with 100 packets of 'Black Gold'
Visiting a loved one in Rikers? Good luck.
Another kind of 9/11 victim, Narinder Singh spent more than five years locked up for no crime at all
Underfunded, inept board just lies there while Bloomberg implements draconian rules in city's huge system
A former guard sues the city jail chief over his statements in the Voice
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?
Just visiting: A federal lock-up in Miami (Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons) One J. Murphy (New York State inmate No. 89B0219) was born in 1968. A white man, he was confined on January 27, 1989, for second degree attempted assault and paroled nine months later. Another J. Murphy (New York State in ... More >>
Thousands of New York inmates have hepatitis C. Only a few hundred get treatment.
A kid needs imagination to survive high school and jail on Rikers Island