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'The State Is Her Ultimate Killer': How a Trans Woman Died at Rikers

The Black transgender woman was found dead in her cell at Rikers Island. These are the circumstances that led to her death.
Diana Tourjée
Transgender violence

A Trans Woman Died at Rikers: “The City Failed to Protect Layleen”

The inmate was found unresponsive in her cell Saturday.
Emma Ockerman
Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort to Complete Personal Journey from Trump Tower to Rikers. Reportedly.

The Manhattan DA wanted to ensure Manafort would still face prison time if Trump pardoned him
Emma Ockerman
VICE News Tonight on HBO

Over 100 inmates were bailed out in the largest mass bailout in history

75 percent of the people on Rikers are eventually released without ever being sentenced to prison, which suggests most of them aren’t much of a threat to public safety.
Alzo Slade

NYC will shutter part of its notorious Rikers Island prison this summer

The first of nine detention centers will close in 2018.
Alex Lubben

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
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
At Play in the Carceral State

In 'Injustice 2,' Even Our Heroes Are Authoritarian Assholes

A battle between Superman and Batman showcases the limit of the superhero allegory.
Yussef Cole

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
Criminal Justice

New York move leaves just one state that puts 16-year-olds in adult jails

Tess Owen
rikers island

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

Keegan Hamilton
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