Rikers Island

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How It Feels to Be a Black Woman Teaching Boys of Color Behind Bars

In her new book, “All Day,” poet and playwright Liza Jessie Peterson chronicles her year of teaching mostly Black and Latino boys inside New York City’s vicious Rikers Island jail. Herewith, a Q&A.

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Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Respond to Plan to Close Rikers Island

“It’s not close Rikers while we allow law makers to make policy that continues to criminalize Brown and Black people.”

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Kalief Browder's Mother 'Literally Died of a Broken Heart,' Says Lawyer

Venida Browder fought for justice after her teenage son was forced to stay at Rikers Island jail for three years without a trial, and later killed himself.

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WATCH: New Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Mass Incarceration Documentary, '13th'

Named for the Thirteenth Amendment, “13th” will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Friday before making its nationwide debut on Netflix October 7.

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Man Spends 5 Months in Jail on $2 Bail

Aitabdel Salem says his previous lawyer didn’t tell him about the reduced bail.

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WATCH: The Story of Ahmed Mohamed Told Via Trap Music and Magical Realism

Creator Jamel “Jam No Peanut” Mims says the video is part of a larger ‘trap transmedia” project on young victims of police brutality.

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Kalief Browder's Suicide Resonates Throughout Media

The young man, who was jailed for three years on Riker’s Island as a 16-year-old with no trial, has inspired responses from various news outlets and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. 

Rikers Island To End Solitary Confinement of Older Teens

And, jail guards set record for use of force in 2014

U.S. Sues New York City Over Rikers Island's Treatment of Teen Inmates

Rikers’ youngest inmates were routinely abused and put in solitary confinement.

Rikers Island Jail Spends About $100K Per Inmate Annually

Costs rose as inmate population declined 18 percent.

Rikers Island Will End Solitary Confinement for Its Youngest Inmates

Inmates aged 16 and 17 will no longer be held in solitary confinement.

Federal Inquiry: 'Culture of Violence' Against Teens At Rikers

Teens requested solitary confinement for their own protection

NYT: Violent Abuse of the Mentally Ill Is Routine, Widespread at Rikers Island

Last year, 129 inmates were severely beaten in altercations with guards at the New York City jail.

NY's Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

There was no Hurricane Sandy evacuation plan for inmates inside New York City’s main jail complex on Riker’s Island but they were certainly put to work in the recovery efforts.

Twitter Rages as NY Announces No Evacuation Plan for Rikers

Major publications avoided the biggest story in New York’s battle against Hurricane Irene. Twitter played a critical row in bringing the news to the masses.