Stephen Morello

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Two Jail Imams Under Investigation for Carrying Illegal Firearms

    On the heels of a scandal involving a Department of Corrections Muslim chaplain who was charged for sneaking razor blades into a Manhattan jail, the Voice has learned that two imams on the Riker's Island jail complex are currently under investigation for carrying illegal firearms. Both imams continu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Lil Wayne Tipped Off by Rikers Jail Staff, Brought Better Food, Allowed Long Visits

    Lil Wayne even has a special visitors entrance Looks like hip-hop star Lil Wayne is even more of a VIP at the Riker's Island jail complex than we previously knew. Department of Corrections officials appear to be bending backwards for him, sources tell the Voice. We're told that when guests visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Lil Wayne Is Probably Going to Rikers Island Today

    ​Today Lil Wayne will finally enter a plea in a Manhattan courtroom stemming from a 2007 gun charge he caught in New York City. He's expected to start serving time at Rikers Island right away--"I just say I'm looking forward to it," the rapper told Rolling Stone. Maybe. Billboard quotes City D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Jail Scandal Revelation: They Needed a Minyan!

    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 >>

  • 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 15, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: The Knockout Punch

    Documents show that top officials in the city's jail system were regularly briefed on violence and extortion between teen inmates.

  • News

    February 4, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club

    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

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    More Heads Roll in Wake of Rikers Jail Murder

    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 >>

  • 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

  • News

    April 8, 2008

    Rikers Island Fight Club

    Jail guard indicted for pitting inmates against each other

  • News

    March 4, 2008

    Drug Counselor at Rikers Gets Busted for . . . Dope

    Months after selling coke to an undercover, cops find him with 100 packets of 'Black Gold'

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Correction Official: No Indication Counselor Brought Drugs to Rikers

    A Voice story posted online on Wednesday about a Rikers Island drug counselor busted for selling heroin and cocaine brought a strong reaction late Thursday from a Correction Department spokesman who sharply objected to any characterization that Correction officials were in any way indifferent to smu ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2007

    Do NOT Go Directly to Jail

    Visiting a loved one in Rikers? Good luck.

  • News

    October 2, 2007

    Jail Watchdog Caught Snoozing

    Underfunded, inept board just lies there while Bloomberg implements draconian rules in city's huge system

  • News

    July 17, 2007

    Jail Guard Blues

    An officer's whistleblowing should have been heeded, says a union president in the wake of a Voice report

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    Deadly Restraint

    Two jail fatalities involve use of force in both cases, but only silence from officials.