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Rikers Island

  1. politics
    The End of Solitary Confinement and What Comes NextCarlina Rivera voted to end the practice in city jails and says her colleagues on the council are prepared to override Mayor Adams’s veto.
  2. politics
    Rikers Island Is Going on TrialPromised reforms have failed. Dozens have died. Now the city may be forced to hand over the jail to the Feds.
  3. politics
    The Adams Administration Has a New Policy for Jail Deaths: Cover-upThe Department of Correction will no longer alert the media of inmate deaths. The move comes after a report raised questions about deadly incidents.
  4. crime
    The Tragedy of the Spice KingWhen a promising entrepreneur was seized by mental illness, his neighbors became victims and he became trapped in a broken system.
  5. the city politic
    The Growing Cover-up of Rikers Island DeathsThe head of the city’s jails told aides to keep a dying man off his “department’s count,” according to the New York Times.
  6. rikers island
    NYC Jails Headed for More Deaths Than Last Year’s Grim TollMuch attention was paid to deaths at Rikers and other facilities in New York in 2021, but even more people are on track to die behind bars in 2022.
  7. the city politic
    Eric Adams Isn’t Off to a Great Start on Public SafetyAs Adams nears 100 days in office, there’s already good reason to wonder if the results of his public safety strategy will ever match his rhetoric.
  8. criminal justice
    Is Solitary Confinement Here to Stay at Rikers Island?The movement to ban it slammed into a wall of opposition, first from Bill de Blasio and now from Eric Adams.
  9. rikers
    Rikers: The ObituariesFifteen people at the jail died in 2021. These are their lives — and how they came to an end.
  10. politics
    Women and Trans Inmates to Be Transferred Out of RikersThis move comes as state and local officials are trying to grapple with the crisis at Rikers that has resulted in multiple inmate deaths this year.
  11. rikers island
    ‘It’s Hard to Find the Words to Describe How Bad It Is Right Now on Rikers’Legal Aid Society attorney Corey Stoughton shares her thoughts on the current crisis at Rikers Island.
  12. criminal justice
    When Will Joe Biden Start Using His Clemency Powers?The president has signaled he wants to grant more pardons and commutations. The time to begin is now.
  13. covid-19
    Who ‘Deserves’ Jail During a Pandemic?The Cook County Jail in Chicago is America’s biggest coronavirus hotspot. Why did we allow this?
  14. covid-19
    Rikers Island Reports Its First COVID-Related Prisoner DeathMichael Tyson, 53, had been locked up for a noncriminal, technical parole violation.
  15. coronavirus
    ‘We’re Going to All Start Dropping’: Rikers Inmates on Being Prisoners of COVID“It’s like The Walking Dead in here.”
  16. coronavirus
    Coronavirus Fears Spark Prison Strikes, Protests, and Riots Around the WorldFrom Colombia to France to the U.S., prisoners are struggling to protect themselves where their jailers won’t.
  17. coronavirus
    Rikers Island Prisoner Tests Positive for CoronavirusAdvocates have long warned about the deadly stakes of a jail or prison outbreak.
  18. coronavirus
    Will Rikers Island Free Inmates Because of the Coronavirus?On Tuesday, the New York City Board of Correction called for the immediate release of high-risk inmates to limit the spread.
  19. cityscape
    Spending $9 Billion on New Architecture Will Not Solve the Rikers ProblemAttitudes toward crime and incarceration, rather than the physical place, are most of the problem.
  20. urbanism
    Touring the Overlooked Islands of New YorkUnearthing our hidden histories, from buried bodies to heron sanctuaries.
  21. paul manafort
    Paul Manafort Rescued From Rikers by Deputy Attorney General“Calling this highly unusual doesn’t even begin to capture” it, one legal expert tweeted.
  22. paul manafort
    Paul Manafort to Be Transferred to Rikers IslandThe federal inmate and former Trump campaign manager may soon be transferred to New York City’s largest prison as he awaits state fraud charges.
  23. the city
    City Seeks to Move Mentally Ill Inmates to HospitalsOfficials are exploring creating “therapeutic” units for inmates with complex medical needs. But who will run the units is being closely watched.
  24. the city
    City Jails Sued Over Brooklyn Man’s Untreated Health WoesLloyd Haynes says he was ignored as he suffered from rare intestinal condition while in the Tombs and Rikers. He’s seeking $90 million in damages.
  25. criminal-justice system
    Is There Justice for Rikers Inmates Who Accuse Guards of Rape?The crime that is the women’s jail.
  26. bill de blasio’s new york
    Mayor de Blasio Releases Plan for the End of RikersThe ten-year proposal calls for vastly reducing the jail population and building new jails elsewhere, among other welcome reforms.
  27. New York City Will Close Rikers Island, Mayor de Blasio SaysThe plan is to replace the jail with several smaller facilities spread around the city.
  28. criminal justice reform
    New York City Will Stop Putting Teenagers in Solitary ConfinementThe decision raises the permitted age for solitary confinement from 18 to 21.
  29. Rikers Island Cannot Figure Out How to Stop Rising Inmate ViolenceKnife attacks up almost 50 percent.
  30. crime and punishment
    Rikers Inmates Given Allowance, Pizza PartiesBut only if they’re on their best behavior.
  31. roundtable
    New York, Marshall Project Rikers Roundtable The writers of our New York cover story will be available Monday, June 29, at 1 p.m. EST to answer your questions.
  32. investigations
    Inside Rikers Island, Through the Eyes of the People Who Live and Work ThereWhat everyday life is really like inside the troubled jail, in the words of inmates, correction officers, and the man tasked with fixing it.
  33. investigations
    Inside Rikers Island, Through the Eyes of the People Who Live and Work ThereJail has a smell. Worse than a sewer. People on the outside could never understand.
  34. crime and punishment
    City Agrees to Sweeping Reforms at Rikers IslandIncluding the appointment of a federal monitor.
  35. rikers island
    Changes Could Be Coming to Rikers IslandOfficials are close to finishing a deal that would bring many reforms to the prison.
  36. crime and punishment
    Rikers Island Inmates Claim They Were Served Poisoned MeatloafIt contained blue and green specks, which they believe was rat poison.
  37. crimes and misdemeanors
    Rikers Island Is Still Horribly Violent Despite all of the outside attention the problem has received.
  38. crime and punishment
    A Third of Rikers Island Guards Gave Themselves a Snow DayHundreds of inmates had to be put on lockdown during a recent snowstorm.
  39. crime and punishment
    Many Rikers Island Guards Hired Despite ‘Significant Red Flags’Such as gang affiliations, criminal histories, and relationships with inmates.
  40. crime and punishment
    Use of Force in NYC Jails Is at a Record High Though the de Blasio administration has promised reforms.
  41. crime and punishment
    New York City to Stop Putting Under-21-Year-Olds in Solitary Confinement Progress. 
  42. crimes and misdemeanors
    Rikers Guard Charged in Case of Inmate Who ‘Baked to Death’Carol Lackner seems to have lied about whether she checked on Jerome Murdough.
  43. rikers
    Rikers Opens New Housing for Transgender WomenTo keep them safe.
  44. crimes and misdemeanors
    Sneaking Vodka, Drugs, and Razor Blades Into Rikers Island Is Pretty Damn EasyFor the guards.
  45. lawsuits
    City Settles Lawsuit Over Rikers Inmate Who ‘Baked to Death’ for $2.25 MillionJerome Murdough, a mentally ill veteran, died last February.
  46. crimes and misdemeanors
    Top Rikers Island Guard Retires Under PressureTop uniformed officer Williams Clemons and two others are out.
  47. rikers island
    Rikers Island Didn’t Bother Telling Families It Let Inmates DieA deeply depressing new report.
  48. crimes and misdemeanors
    Former Rikers Inmate Claims Guard Sodomized HimNow he’s planning to sue the city.
  49. crime and punishment
    Rikers Island Will Stop Putting Teens in Solitary ConfinementIt’s part of the “first round of changes” at the embattled facility.
  50. crimes and misdemeanors
    Rikers Island Violence Even Worse Than Previously ThoughtAn internal report turned over to the federal government was “sanitized.”
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