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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

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
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
The Future of Incarceration in America

​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
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

'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

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

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

There's a New Way for People Arrested in NYC to Avoid Jail

A program called supervised release offers an escape route for people faced with a possible stint at New York City's hellish Rikers Island jail complex.
Taylor Dolven

An Alleged Gang Member from Queens Was Thrown in Jail Because of a Rap Video

The 20-year-old got stabbed multiple times in the head after just a week on Rikers Island.
VICE Staff

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