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Rikers Island

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Two Lawsuits Filed Against the City Over Two Diabetes Deaths at Rikers Island

    #114284213 / gettyimages.com On Aug. 24, 2013, 46-year-old Rikers Island inmate Carlos Mercado fell into a diabetic coma and then died. Less than three weeks later, on September 11, 39-year-old Rikers Island inmate Bradley Ballard died of diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of the disease ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Financial Claims From Rikers Inmates Rose Dramatically over the Past Five Years

    Comptroller Scott Stringer has been getting some good press lately for his new ClaimStat program, which tracks financial claims against the city as a way of identifying potential problems. A New York Times editorial called it nothing less than a step toward "better governance through data."

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    "Amaze": Rikers Juvenile Inmates Get New Art from British Street Artist Ben Eine

    Rikers Island is a dismal and dangerous place. Spread across 415 acres of repurposed landfill in the the East River between the Bronx and Queens, the island is home to more than 12,000 inmates in 10 separate jail facilities. There were 73 stabbings and slashings committed by inmates in 2013, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Rikers Scandal: Five Correction Officers Charged With Falsifying Reports

    Five correction officers were indicted yesterday for covering up inmate assaults--a problem that was highlighted in a recent Village Voice article. A former correction captain and four correction officers were charged in connection with three separate investigations, according to the city Departme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Rashad Tucker, Mattiyas Letang, Teen Inmates, Slashed in Troubled Adolescent Jail

    Two teen inmates were slashed Saturday in the latest violent incident at the troubled jail for adolescents on Rikers Island, the Voice has learned. The gang-related incident took place in the law library at the Robert N. Davoren Center, which likely means that the attackers were able to slip weapon ... More >>

  • 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

    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 28, 2011

    Floating Art Project Accidentally Shipwrecks at Rikers

    NYC.gov​A floating dome made of umbrella spokes and empty soda bottles, bound on canoes from the South Bronx to Inwood, where it would have stayed in a monthlong exhibit, was shipwrecked on Rikers Island this week, causing a commotion among corrections officers, who immediately confirmed that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Somehow, Nine Corrections Officers Injured Trying to Recapture One Inmate

    ​A curious item in the Daily News today details how nine corrections officers were hurt trying to stop the Incredible Hulk an inmate from escaping a room at Rikers Island yesterday. Nine! Daniel Sanchez, 24, who had been charged with murder in the first degree and was caught tampering yesterda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Rikers Island Jailer Wanted to Feed Prisoners Spoiled Meat

    ​One jailer at Rikers Island gave new meaning to the term jail bait when he suggested that the jail could have served spoiled meat to the prisoners. On July 11, 65,000 pounds of rotten meats were discovered in two malfunctioning freezer trailers on Rikers Island after one supervisor complained ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Rikers Island Forcing XXL Shirts on Scantily Clad Visitors; Leggings Don't Count as Pants

    ​Apparently the Rikers Island visiting rooms were getting "really gross" and "out of control" -- including quickies in front of kids -- when significant others would come to visit their "sex-starved" inmate loved-ones, leading to a strict new dress code. Now, the Daily News reports, women "spi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Rikers Fight Club: Inmates Clash With Officers in Afternoon Brawl

    ​A Correction captain suffered broken facial bones and six other staffers were injured Tuesday afternoon in a brawl with inmates on Rikers Island. The fight at the Robert N. Davoren Center started, correction sources say, when one inmate refused to be locked in his cell because he claimed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2010

    Rikers Island Carrot Cake: To Die For?

    Not From Riker's​The New York Times City Room blog has the inside scoop (slice?) on the sweetest thing at Riker's Island: the bakery culture, but specifically the carrot cake. "They don't hardly give it to us enough," said Hilberto Vargas, a baker currently serving time in Rikers for stripping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Rikers Chefs: 'I'ma Cut You!'

    ​Who's the top chef at Rikers? Our money's on the girl accused of assault, not the girl accused of jury-tampering. The knives were tethered, by the way.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Rikers Reading List: James Patterson, R. Pattinson in High Demand

    Not on the Rikers Top 10 list.​New York Public Library book cart volunteers have gotten a look into Riker's that we mere Law and Order fan club members can only imagine. Turns out, it looks a bit like everywhere else reading-wise, except with more rules and nothing in hardcover (rarely worth t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Lavish Bar Mitzvah in Jail? Even Rikers and Tombs Bosses Aren't That Dumb, Are They? (Updated!)

    From the 'Are You Kidding Me' department...So, all the guy wanted was a bar mitzvah for his son. Sure, he's locked up in the Tombs in downtown Manhattan. But why should being in a city jail stop him? A bar mitzvah is pretty important, right? And who would blame the bigwigs of the Department of Corre ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2009
  • News

    February 18, 2009
  • News

    February 11, 2009
  • 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

  • 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?

  • News

    August 5, 2008

    Woman-on-Woman Rape Claim at Rikers

    New allegation at scandal-ridden jail

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Seven Jail Guards Busted, 14 Pull a Sickout, One Sneaky Smuggler at Rikers

    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 >>

  • Specials

    January 1, 2008
  • News

    December 18, 2007

    Do NOT Go Directly to Jail

    Visiting a loved one in Rikers? Good luck.

  • News

    November 27, 2007

    Exterminating Angel

    The twisted relationship of the goth girl, her preppy sister, and their murdered father

  • News

    July 17, 2007
  • News

    June 19, 2007

    Gangbanger as 'Terrorist'

    A 9/11 anti-terror law turns out to be handy against small-time hoods

  • News

    June 12, 2007

    Long Sentences, Short Stories

    Literature from the island of misfit boys

  • News

    August 22, 2006

    Cell Block

    City suddenly whips out plans for a new Bronx jail. Not in our wasteland, say opponents.

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    The Miseducation of Elaine Bartlett

    New York's war on drugs held her hostage for 16 years. A story of prison, politics, and one woman's pride.

  • Specials

    May 3, 2005
  • News

    December 14, 2004

    Lost and Found

    Soldier, jailer, hero, myth: the rise and fall of Bernard Kerik

  • News

    November 30, 2004

    Saint Bernard

    Not so fast on canonizing Kerik—Bush's pick has big critics in New York

  • News

    July 20, 2004

    Where Justice and Mercy Meet

    In Brooklyn's Mental Health Court, compassion is the rule

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    For Months, D.A.'s Office Looks for Link Between Central Park Defendants and Confessed Rapist

  • Specials

    January 9, 2001
  • 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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

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

  • Columns

    June 6, 2000
  • News

    May 23, 2000

    The Riot Academy

    Guards Stage Mock Prison Riots to Test the Latest High-Tech Gear

  • News

    February 15, 2000

    Poster-Boy Perp

    How Lester Pearson Became a Permanent Suspect

  • News

    January 18, 2000
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