Rikers Hunger Strike Enters Fifth Day
An estimated 200 incarcerated people are going without food to protest conditions on the island. Officials deny that detainees have stopped eating completely.
Jan 12, 7:39 PM
Arts & Entertainment
1970s Faith Ringgold Painting May Leave Rikers For New Home At Brooklyn Museum
The painting, nearly destroyed in the late '80s, will move to the Brooklyn Museum (pending review from the Public Design Commission).
Jan 4, 3:59 PM
As COVID Surges In NYC Jails, Officials Quibble Over Blame
Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi issued a frantic letter to public defenders this week calling on them to help reduce the incarcerated population.
Dec 23, 2021 7:51 PM
“People Need To Go Outside": Rikers Detainees Say Loss Of Rec Time Is Intensifying Jails Crisis
Detainees said they’ve gone weeks or even months without leaving their housing units.
Dec 13, 2021 5:45 PM
Violence And The Death Of One Inmate At Newark’s Jail Reflects A National Problem
After one inmate's death at the Essex County Correctional Facility and the vicious beating of another, officials vow a review of operations.
Dec 9, 2021 6:00 AM
Judge Orders Greater Access To Medical Care At Rikers Island
Detainees held in the city’s troubled jail system have continued to miss medical appointments as hundreds of jail guards call out sick or miss work.
Dec 6, 2021 10:37 PM
Hundreds Of Correction Officers Defy New Vaccine Mandate, Compounding Staff Crisis On Rikers
Department of Correction employees were given until Tuesday afternoon to get their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, a one-month extension on the deadline for all other municipal workers.
Dec 1, 2021 5:36 PM
De Blasio Dropped Suit Against Corrections Officers Union. Hundreds Continue To Skip Work
New data shows that, as of November 3rd, 1,515 uniformed staffers were on sick leave and another 39 had gone AWOL, only a slight improvement since the city's lawsuit was withdrawn.
Nov 18, 2021 6:39 PM
Rikers-Bound Man Dies After Hanging Attempt, 14th Death Of The Year
Another person has died in city custody, after succumbing to injuries he sustained while attempting to take his own life inside a Manhattan holding cell last week, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Oct 19, 2021 12:57 AM
13th Detainee In NYC Jails Dies This Year, Same Day As Being Granted Compassionate Release
A Rikers medical staffer told Gothamist/WNYC that the detainee contracted COVID-19.
Oct 16, 2021 2:50 PM
"They Kept Him Off The Dark Side": Rikers Detainees Say De Blasio Intentionally Ignored Jail's Worst Sites
Those incarcerated at Rikers Island allege that de Blasio’s perception of the jail’s conditions — and the intake process specifically — was intentionally obscured
Sep 28, 2021 8:39 PM
De Blasio Visits Rikers, Defends "Real Impact" Of City's Crisis Intervention
He declined to share details about what he witnessed during his roughly two-hour tour, but said that he did not speak to detainees or jail staff.
Sep 28, 2021 2:09 AM
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