Earlier this year, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito formed an independent commission to determine whether the dilapidated and violent city jail on Rikers Island should (and could) be shut down. Now, Politico New York reports, the vultures are circling: real estate developers like Related Companies,…
Venida Browder, whose son Kalief committed suicide last year after being detained at Rikers Island for three years without a conviction, died on Friday at age 63 from complications of a heart attack. Her lawyer, Paul Prestia, told the New York Daily News that he believed she “literally died of a broken heart.”
At New York City’s floating hellhole of a jail, Rikers Island, abuse of inmates is common, while legal action against alleged perpetrators is exceedingly rare.
A man in New York who spent five months at Rikers Island says he had no idea he could have posted $2 bail to be released.
A female inmate at Rikers Island told the New York Daily News that a correction officer raped her in a padlocked storage room at the prison on November 30. New York City’s Department of Corrections is currently facing a federal lawsuit alleging that female inmates at Rikers are routinely raped by COs.
Last May, Thomas Hamm, a gay man, visited his partner at New York City’s Rikers Island. After the two men kissed in the visitor’s room, he claims guards called him a “faggot” and beat him up—resulting in fractured bones and head trauma. This week—nearly 18 months later—Lambda Legal announced they have filed suit…
Thomas Gilbert Jr., the 30-year-old Princeton grad charged with murdering his hedge fund father, wants to know where he can find Rikers Island’s Yoga Jones.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration released an $18 million plan that will, starting next year, allow NYC judges to keep nonviolent suspects out of Rikers by replacing bail with “supervision options including daily check-ins, text-message reminders and required drug or behavioral therapy.”
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on America’s bail bond system, pointing out that it often jails poor innocent people for not being as wealthy as known criminal Robert Durst—instead of crimes. And because Americans love entertainment, we’ve carved out a cottage industry of bounty hunter television shows…
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is out on bail today, meaning he'll no longer have to endure jail like a "common criminal." And the increased scrutiny on the IMF has revealed a pretty disturbing workplace culture.