A Rikers Island Social Worker

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A view of the buildings at Rikers Island.

Mary Buser, clinical social worker, assistant unit chief in the Mental Health Department on Rikers Island (1995 to 2000), co-founder of the Samaritans of New York suicide prevention hotline and author of  Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York's Notorious Jail (St. Martin's Press, 2015), adds an insider's view to the continuing story of abuses (on all sides) in New York City's jail.