Does NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Deserve the Second Term He's Getting?
He promised a progressive revolution, but he's been too slow—and too dogged by scandals—for some New Yorkers.
I Officiated a Lesbian Wedding on Rikers Island
Jail had put the baby-making on hold, but the marriage was going ahead as planned.
Emma Gilbey Keller
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.
Rikers guards are beating up inmates while New York figures out how to close the jail
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New York Is Getting Serious About Closing the Hellish Jail on Rikers Island
After decades of brutal incidents in the notorious jail complex, reformers are getting closer to the ultimate prize.
the future of incarceration
The Best Way to Close Jails Is to Make Them Visible
To win support for the resources and programs America's incarcerated people need, the public has to see what life is really like behind bars.
The Future of Incarceration in America
How Do You Close One of the Largest Jails in America?
In 2016, a nuclear option arose when it came to Rikers Island, the notorious NYC jail: Shut the whole thing down.
Lil Wayne Shares Excerpts From His 'Gone 'Til November' Memoir
His log of life at Rikers Island is out on October 11
'The Night Of' Shows Us More Ways the Criminal Justice System Traps People
HBO's legal drama is not a show about justice, but the justice system. And never has that difference been more apparent than on Sunday's episode.
A Journal of Lil Wayne's Time in Prison Will Be Released in October
The Infamous Rikers Inmate Who Stole Entire 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."