Hochul Orders Release of 191 Detainees as Rikers Crisis Deepens

The New York governor signed a bill on Friday that authorized the release of the detainees, but the population of the city’s notorious jail will remain far higher than it was last spring.

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William vanden Heuvel, Diplomat and a Kennedy Confidant, Dies at 91

A lawyer, he was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy, led Jimmy Carter’s New York campaign and targeted jail conditions as head of New York City’s corrections board.

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New York Will End Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Prisons and Jails

Isolation for more than 15 consecutive days will be barred in prisons and jails starting next March after years of efforts to restrict the practice.

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Crowded N.Y.C. Jails Stoke Covid Fears: ‘It’s a Ticking Time Bomb’

New York City released hundreds of people as the pandemic raged. Now jails are full again, and an increase in infections could spread the virus beyond their walls.

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As N.Y.C. Jails Become More Violent, Solitary Confinement Persists

Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio has emptied out the city’s jails, the number of people who are placed in punitive segregation each year has remained about the same.

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17 Rikers Guards Will Be Disciplined in Death of Layleen Polanco

Correction officers failed to check on Layleen Polanco, 27, as she was having a fatal epileptic seizure in a solitary cell, an investigation found.

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The Women’s Jail at Rikers Island Is Named for My Grandmother. She Would Not Be Proud.

The inmates at “Rosie’s” are subjected to abuse and, now, exposed to the coronavirus.

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Don’t Put More People in New York’s Jails During a Pandemic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature can save lives by resisting calls to roll back criminal justice reforms.

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