rikers island

VICE News Tonight on HBO

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.
Alzo Slade
11.25.18
immigration

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.
Sonja Sharp
7.4.17
News

“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.
Issy Beech
9.26.16
Features

A Journal of Lil Wayne's Time in Prison Will Be Released in October

Yes!!!!!!!
Noisey Staff
6.29.16
News

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.
John Surico
6.9.16
News

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."
Spencer Woodman
3.23.16
News

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.
John Surico
3.2.16
News

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.
Max Rivlin-Nadler
12.21.15
News

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.
Brian McManus
11.7.15
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.
Raven Rakia
10.12.15
America 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.
John Surico
10.8.15
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.
Various Authors
10.5.15
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