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Over 100 Inmates Have Been Bailed Out in The Largest Mass Bail in History
Seventy-five per cent of the people on Rikers are eventually released without ever being sentenced to prison, which suggests most of the people there aren’t much of a threat to public safety.
The Lawyers Trying to Get Their Clients Sent to Jail
Public defenders in New York City are actually trying to get immigrant clients sent to Rikers to avoid the feds—and deportation.
“Gatorade is Liquid Gold in This Bitch” and Other Excerpts from Lil Wayne’s Soon-To-Be-Released Prison Memoir
The rapper's prison journals are being published by Penguin this October.
A Journal of Lil Wayne's Time in Prison Will Be Released in October
The Infamous Rikers Inmate Who Stole Subway Trains
"The funniest thing is, I love the system," he tells us from the notorious New York City jail.
After Two Years in Solitary, This Mother’s Healing Has Just Begun
"I'm talking to you, and I'm alive, but physically, spiritually, mentally—I died."
Friday Night Hip-Hop on Rikers Island
Hanging out with teenage inmates as they make beats and write rhymes inside the notorious New York City jail.
The Powerful Union Official Standing Between Rikers Island and Reform
Norman Seabrook has run New York City's jail guard union for decades, and isn't exactly pumped about shaking up the hellhole that is Rikers Island.
Everything We Know About the Thursday Attack on a Rikers Island Prison Guard
Raymond Calderon was placed in a chokehold and slashed with a sharp object by a group of men alleged to have gang ties.
The Prison Issue
Can a Former Inmate Fix Rikers as a Regulator?
After spending more than ten years in New York's prisons and jails, Stanley Richards has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the incarcerated.
Will New York Scrap Its Broken Bail System?
A state senator from Queens wants to scrap the archaic system of holding some people in jail before their trial unless they can pay for freedom.
The Prison Issue
How to Repair the Criminal Justice System
We talked to leaders and activists spearheading prison reform to find out what we can do to fix our broken penal system.