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Innocent Man 'Tortured' at Rikers Kills Self

As a teen, Kalief Browder was beaten, starved during 3 years in prison

(Newser) - A man arrested at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack, then held at Rikers Island for three years—two of which he spent in solitary confinement—until his case was dismissed in 2013, committed suicide on Saturday. He was 22. Kalief Browder was starved and beaten by officers and inmates... More »

New York Hired Prison Guards With Gang Ties

Others had psych problems or criminal histories

(Newser) - So just how did things get so bad at Rikers Island, with guards there accused of the systemic abuse of inmates? One big reason is that the state has been hiring people who have no business being guards, reports the New York Times . Applicants with gang affiliations, criminal histories, close... More »

Teen Died After Rikers Guards Ignored Screams: Suit

Andy Henriquez's family is suing Corizon for unspecified damages

(Newser) - A new lawsuit claims a teen inmate at Rikers Island died in solitary confinement while begging for medical attention. The family of Andy Henriquez says he complained of chest pain for seven months before he was found dead of a ruptured aorta last April at 19. "He used to... More »

Rikers Captain Faked Inmate Suicide Attempt in Coverup: Report

Video shows her making noose after beating

(Newser) - New York state officials are looking into no fewer than 129 cases of suspected abuse of inmates at Riker's Island in the wake of a New York Times investigation . And the Times relays a new incident, courtesy of the head of New York City's Department of Investigation, that... More »

Rikers Guards Beat Mentally Ill Inmates With Impunity

Times discovers that 129 were injured over 11 months

(Newser) - Guards at Rikers Island don't just neglect the mentally ill or let them bake to death , they also routinely brutally beat them, often without suffering any repercussions, a New York Times investigation has discovered. The Times uncovered a secret report compiled by a city department this year that found... More »

What It's Like to Visit Rikers Island

Even among prisons, it stands out in terms of long waits and security

(Newser) - News that Rikers Island prison is investigating the alleged smuggling of drugs and weapons by guards prompts Dateline producer Dan Slepian to recount his first visit to the facility in the course of his work. Think every airport security or bank line you've ever been in, then multiply by... More »

Inmate Died After Week Alone in Rikers Cell

Mental health staffers failed to look in on Bradley Ballard as he acted out

(Newser) - Rikers Island might just have a problem with inmates who are mentally ill. A 39-year-old man was found naked and unresponsive on the floor of his cell after being left there, alone, for seven straight days, while being denied some of his medication, an AP report out today reveals. Bradley... More »

Rikers Makes Changes After Vet 'Baked to Death'

Warden Rose Argo will be placed in charge of a facility that doesn't house mentally ill

(Newser) - Rikers Island is taking action over the headline-generating death of Jerome Murdough, the mentally ill homeless veteran who " basically baked to death " in a Rikers cell in February. New York City's Correction Department has removed the warden in charge of Rikers' mental health unit, saying it had... More »

Homeless Vet 'Basically Baked to Death' in NY Jail

Riker's Island having trouble with mental illness, violence

(Newser) - Guards at Rikers Island are supposed to check on mentally ill inmates every 15 minutes. But when Jerome Murdough was booked for sleeping on a housing project roof, he was left unattended long enough to keel over dead from overheating, the AP revealed today. The former Marine was left alone... More »

NYC Inmates Cost Nearly $168K Per Year

That's almost as much as four years of Ivy League tuition

(Newser) - In New York, the annual cost of one inmate is almost as much as four years of Ivy League tuition: $167,731. That's $460 per day for an average of 12,287 prisoners, and it's quite a bit higher than what other big cities spend: $47,063 a... More »

Pack of Smokes in NY Jails: $200

A ban on smoking has led to a budding black market behind bars

(Newser) - Smoking will now also kill your wallet—at least if you're behind bars in New York, where Michael Bloomberg's ban on smoking has led to black market prices that have hit a staggering $200 a pack. As the New York Daily News reports, contraband busts have risen by... More »

Ex-Con Snuck Back Into Rikers Island: Cops

He's accused of impersonating corrections official

(Newser) - Police say a former Rikers Island inmate managed to sneak back into the prison repeatedly by impersonating a corrections official. Matthew Matagrano, 36, allegedly used the badge and ID of the official for at least a week to get back inside and mingle with inmates before his arrest yesterday, reports... More »

Strauss-Kahn Has Nowhere to Sleep

Wife rushing to find New York apartment

(Newser) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to leave prison today —but only if he finds a place to sleep first, NBC New York reports. His wife, Anne Sinclair, is scrambling to find a New York apartment for his home-confinement, after her initial rental in Manhattan didn’t work out, said an... More »

France Reacts to Strauss-Kahn: Blame America

French slam American legal system, media, and, of course, food

(Newser) - The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges initially dazed the French. But by day three, their focus returned to a more familiar place—America bashing. "Today, thanks to Strauss-Kahn, the French who choose to criticize the US have a fresh reason to shake their heads and... More »

IMF Chief On Suicide Watch

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has wing of Rikers Island to himself

(Newser) - It's a long way from the hotel suites he's used to, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn still has plenty of space to himself. The IMF chief is being held at Rikers Island on sexual assault charges in an empty 14-cell wing of the massive jail, reports AP . He has been... More »

IMF Chief Sent to Rikers Island

Dominique Strauss-Kahn denied bail

(Newser) - Accused sex attacker Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been denied bail and is now being held in New York City's notorious Rikers Island prison. The IMF chief, accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee , will be in protective custody at the prison complex until his next court appearance on Friday, reports... More »

Inside Lil Wayne's Prison Routine

Wake-up calls at 4am, and a cell with a view—of a wall

(Newser) - Lil Wayne debuted his new teeth— TMZ reports they’re still blinged out, but not worth quite as much as they once were—and is ready to begin his one-year prison stint tomorrow. A guard talks to MTV about the rapper’s new life inside New York’s Rikers Island:... More »

Rikers Officials Fawned Over Foxy Brown

Rapper wore designer duds, did photo shoot

(Newser) - Rapper Foxy Brown received star treatment on Rikers Island, wearing designer clothes and enjoying visits from prison officials during her 9-month stay on a parole violation, the New York Post reports. Angry Department of Corrections insiders say Brown was allowed private meals and cosmetics, unlimited TV and phone use, and... More »

Swine Flu Suspected in Death of NYC Toddler

Mayor confirms 4 cases at Rikers Island

(Newser) - Swine flu may be responsible for the death of a 16-month-old boy from Queens, the New York Times reports. Jonathan Zamora Castillo died at 10:20 last night, just hours after being admitted with a high fever, Mayor Bloomberg said this morning. He also said that four cases have been... More »

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