rikers island

politics

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.
Patricia Yacob
10.30.17
Life Inside

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
10.13.17
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
rikers island

Rikers guards are beating up inmates while New York figures out how to close the jail

Keegan Hamilton
4.4.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

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.
Drew Schwartz
3.31.17
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.
Fred Patrick
12.12.16
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.
John Surico
12.8.16
Noisey News

Lil Wayne Shares Excerpts From His 'Gone 'Til November' Memoir

His log of life at Rikers Island is out on October 11
Noisey Staff
10.3.16
Stuff

'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.
Harry Cheadle
8.1.16
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 Entire Subway Trains

"The funniest thing is, I love the system," he tells us from the notorious New York City jail.
John Surico
6.8.16
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
3.22.16
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