As teenageers, Vaughn Brown and Ivan Mayo were incarcerated at Rikers Island, where they confronted danger from fellow inmates, solitary confinement and their own thoughts. The two have vowed to never go back to jail. But being branded a felon…
By PBS NewsHour
NEW YORK — For Dr. Ross MacDonald, every person who enters New York City’s main jail with an opioid addiction represents an opportunity for treatment, and the possibility of saving a life. As the medical director of the city’s correctional…
By Christine Vestal, Stateline
New York City has announced sweeping reforms at Rikers Island, following a class action lawsuit over the abuse of inmates. Earlier this month, Kalief Browder, a former Rikers prisoner, committed suicide. He was held for more than 1,000 days without…
By PBS NewsHour
Kalief Browder, who was arrested at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and who spent three years awaiting trial, committed suicide Saturday, two years after his release from Rikers Island.
By Colleen Shalby
By Shehryar Nabi
New York City will prohibit solitary confinement for inmates under the age of 21, shifting away from its previous policy.
Weeks after a U.S. government report further revealed the rampant brutality against male teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York, a judge's decision published Monday called for the termination of six correction officers who hog-tied and…
The calls to address prison crowding and conditions have intensified as American inmate populations have grown. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the shifting perceptions of the criminal justice system from Bill McCollum, former attorney general of Florida, Bryan Stevenson of…
By Andrew Troast
A U.S. government report released Monday describes a “deep-seated culture of violence” against teenage inmates held at Rikers Island in New York.
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