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An inmate died at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, bringing the death toll at the troubled facility to 11 this year, authorities said.

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A guard and inmate at Rikers Island jail have tested positive for coronavirus. Michael Skelly, spokesman for the New York City Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association, said this is just the start of “what we fear to be more.” The news comes days after an investigator working at the jail died after testing positive for the virus, NBC News reports. […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has reached a $3.5 million settlement in a lawsuit filed over the 2014 death of a Rikers Island inmate who records show was deprived of seizure medication. The Daily News reported Wednesday that the city agreed last week to pay the money to Rolando Perez’s girlfriend, who is […]

Kalief Browder, the teen who was jailed over allegations of a stolen bookbag and then retained and abused for two years at New York’s notorious Riker’s Island prison, has been awarded a $3.3M settlement, though he didn’t live to see it. Browder struggled to become whole after his ordeal, ultimately committing suicide at age 22 […]

The New York City Board of Corrections is investigating an in-custody deaths that occurred at Rikers Island.

New York City will close its first jail on Rikers Island this summer as part of a 10-year plan to shut down the infamous and violence-plagued jail complex.

Have you ever been arrested by the police and charged with a crime you didn’t commit? I don’t mean pulled over for a speeding ticket. I don’t mean harassed or ridiculed. I don’t mean treated like a suspect. Those things are all terrible, but I’m asking, have you ever been arrested by the police, then […]

The world is full of bad news. We have so much bad news from Trump’s White House alone that it is truly hard to keep up. But this morning I’m so excited to be bringing our listeners some good news on top of the fact that we helped beat back the Republican push to Obamacare. […]

New York City loves to brag about its liberal reputation. We have a progressive Mayor. Democrats absolutely dominate the City Council. The city is so firmly anti-Trump that it seems like he’s literally afraid to come home these days. We have a Democrat in the Governor’s Mansion. The state has a truly liberal Attorney General. […]

Rikers Island, New York’s infamous jail,  has a reputation of violence, corruption and oppression. Recently, activists hoped to have the prison’s name changed have after historians linked the name Rikers to a Dutch family that participated in an illegal slavery scheme. Richard Riker, a descendant of Dutch immigrant Abraham Ryken, was reported to be a […]

New York City's mayor ignores prison reform activists and plans renovation of controversial prison complex.