Rikers Island has not been having a good year PR-wise, to put it mildly.
#114284213 / gettyimages.comOn the heels of a pair of damning reports, officials say Rikers Island jail complex will phase out the use of solitary confinement among inmates as young as 16 and 17 years old by the end of the year. The change was first reported by the New York Times, which obtained a m ... More >>
#114285016 / gettyimages.com On August, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report calling the conditions at Rikers Island unconstitutional. Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that the federal government would sue the city unless the city agreed to a ... More >>
#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 >>
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."
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Shocking images back up what we've been reporting for years: New York City's jails are houses of horror
NYC.govA 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Not From Riker'sThe 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
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