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American Jails: A 'Desperate' Netherworld

Friday, January 30, 2015

Recent investigations have found myriad problems on Rikers Island, the biggest jail complex in New York City. A former corrections commissioner has ideas for lasting change on Rikers.

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WNYC News

More Problems at Rikers, But Also a Move Toward Reform

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A former Department of Correction Commissioner says reform must come with a culture change.

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WNYC News

NYC Considers Segregated Housing for Violent Prison Inmates

Friday, December 19, 2014

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But activists say it's just solitary by another name.

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WNYC News

Correction Commissioner Grilled by City Council

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte was grilled for more than two hours by council members concerned about the treatment of adolescents on Rikers Island.

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WNYC News

Councilwoman Says, 'Get Teens off Rikers'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Queens councilwoman will call on the city to move teens off Rikers Island. 

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WNYC News

Mother Sues Over Son’s Death on Rikers Island

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beverly Ann Griffin said her son Bradley Ballard died because he was held in solitary confinement for seven days and denied food and medication.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rikers for Teens: 'A Deep-Seated Culture of Violence'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

After a federal report found a pattern of abuses against teen prisoners, hear from a caller inside the prison about what conditions are really like.

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WNYC News

Head of Rikers Says Jail System Is Broken

Monday, June 02, 2014

The city's jail system is in deep trouble, says the city's new Department of Correction Commissioner.

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WNYC News

Stop Putting Kids in Solitary: Report

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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The city needs to change the way it treats teenagers locked up at Rikers Island or risk the continued waste of money and lives, according to a new report. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Libraries: Rikers Island

Monday, June 17, 2013

Nick Higgins, associate director for outreach services at the NYPL, talks about NYPL's programs at local jails, including Daddy & Me a program that keeps incarcerated fathers in touch with their children through reading. Jose Melendez, a recent participant in Daddy & Me, joins him on the program.

 

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WNYC News

Bill Limits Reach of Federal Immigration Authorities in City Jails

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A new bill that would limit the cooperation between local jails and federal immigration enforcement was introduced in the City Council on Wednesday.

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Soundcheck

Lil' Wayne Gets Released From Rikers Island

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Hip-Hop artist Lil' Wayne was released from Rikers Island on Thursday morning, after serving eight months there for having a gun on a tour bus. WNYC finds out from New Yorkers what they think about Weezy getting out of jail.

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WNYC News

Flu Sickens Rikers Inmates

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

rikersislandThere's now a swine flu outbreak at the jail complex on Rikers Island. Mayor Bloomberg says four inmates have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, and four others probably have the illness.

The mayor says correction and health officials ...

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