Albert Woodfox, Survivor of 42 Years in Solitary Confinement, Dies at 75

His term in solitary was perhaps the longest in American history. He described how he kept his sanity, and dignity, in an acclaimed memoir.

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N.Y.C. Jail Officials Avert a Federal Takeover of Rikers Island

At a hearing, a federal judge granted the officials more time to address rampant violence and disorder inside the city jail system.

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Rikers Island Faces Pressure to End Death and Disorder Crisis

Under orders to draw up a turnaround plan or face a federal takeover, the New York City jails system still has failed to provide detainees with basic care.

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Escaped Alabama Inmate and Officer Are Caught After Crash, Officials Say

The authorities in Alabama had been searching since April 29 for the corrections officer and the inmate, who disappeared after the officer said she was escorting him to a courthouse appointment.

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Louis Molina’s In Charge of Fixing Rikers Island. His Plan Is Due in 11 Days.

Louis A. Molina, the Department of Correction commissioner since only January, says he has a solution to a problem that has defied his predecessors.

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Rikers Chaos Could Lead to Federal Court Control, U.S. Attorney Says

Damian Williams wrote that his office might have no choice but to seek “aggressive relief” for the serious problems at the jail.

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Nurse Indicted in John Neville Case

The nurse was working at a North Carolina jail in 2019 when officers restrained John Neville on his stomach for more than 12 minutes after he fell from his bed, according to an autopsy report.

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Watchdog Sees Cover-Up in Failure to Report Rikers Island Beatings

Louis Molina, the correction commissioner, responded to a recent New York Times report that found serious injuries to at least two detainees were not reported.

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How Brutal Beatings on Rikers Island Were Hidden From Public View

One man was paralyzed from the neck down. Another landed in a coma. Neither injury was documented properly in the New York City jail system awash in disorder.

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How Brutal Beatings in N.Y.C. Jails Were Hidden From Public View

One man being held on Rikers Island was paralyzed from the neck down. Another landed in a coma. Neither injury was documented properly in a jail system awash in disorder.

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Medical Care at Rikers Is Delayed for Thousands, Records Show

A court filing on Tuesday shed new light on the effect of the city jail system’s staffing crisis on health care, with missed appointments leading to severe health consequences.

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In a First, Ohio Moves to Put Body Cameras on Guards in Every Prison

The state is distributing 5,100 new body-worn cameras, the most extensive commitment of any state as corrections facilities across the country push for better surveillance.

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Jail Unions Gain a Powerful Supporter: Mayor Eric Adams

Eric Adams has reversed some measures enacted to regain control over the crisis at Rikers Island, in an early victory for the correction officers’ unions. —

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A Look Inside Rikers: ‘Fight Night’ and Gang Rule, Captured on Video

Videos obtained by The New York Times reveal scenes of violence as the Department of Correction struggles to restore order in the jail system.

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Hundreds at Rikers Protest Conditions, Citing Covid and the Cold

Detainees in one jail at the Rikers Island complex are refusing to eat Correction Department meals.

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Behind the Violence at Rikers, Decades of Mismanagement and Dysfunction

For years, New York City officials have presided over shortcuts and blunders that have led to chaos in one of America’s most expensive jail complexes.

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He Went to Jail on Minor Charges. He Left in a Coma.

Jayshawn Boyd, 22, was attacked inside a New Jersey jail in a beating caught on video. Then another detainee was killed, leading to multiple inquiries.

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Brutal Jail Beating in New Jersey Leads to Investigations

Jayshawn Boyd, 22, was attacked inside a New Jersey jail in a beating caught on video. Then another detainee was killed, leading to multiple inquiries.

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Eric Adams Says He Wants to Close Rikers. It May Not Be That Simple.

The incoming mayor’s anti-crime ideas appear to conflict with a push to cut the jail population, clouding the future of plans to close the troubled complex.

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Change Comes to Rikers Island, but Is It Too Late?

The city’s reform-minded corrections commissioner, who introduced therapeutic programs for guards and detainees, is leaving.

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Jail Officer Who Led Others to Safety Is Among the 74 Killed in Tornadoes

Families were mourning in several states after a swarm of tornadoes left a trail of destruction. “It’s almost crushing how it feels,” said Kentucky’s governor, Andy Beshear.

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Sexual Assaults Are Worsening a Crisis at Rikers, Jail Officers Say

Female officers, who make up nearly half of the uniformed staff at New York City’s jails, said they were at particularly high risk of being attacked.

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Complaints Against Texas’ Juvenile Prisons Include Violence and Sex Abuse

The extensive allegations present a portrait of an environment inside the state’s juvenile prisons that is rife with physical attacks.

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Justice Dept. to Investigate Reports of Abuse in Texas’ Juvenile Prisons

Accusations of excessive force, sexual misconduct, and the use of isolation and pepper spray prompted the inquiry into the treatment of incarcerated children.

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Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control

With a staffing emergency disrupting the basic functions of the jail system, detainees have had free rein inside.

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‘I Just Want to Be Normal’: A Mentally Ill Man’s Death at Rikers

Esias Johnson had been in and out of Rikers Island during his two years in New York. Now two correction officers have been suspended in connection with his death.

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They Investigate Police Killings. Their Record Is Wanting.

After the murder of George Floyd, some states looked to independent agencies to examine deaths in police custody. But dozens of cases handled by the Texas Rangers show the approach has flaws.

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Latest Death at Rikers: Isaabdul Karim, Who Almost Qualified for Release

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

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He Nearly Qualified for Release From Rikers. Instead, He Died There.

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

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N.Y.C. Lawsuit Claims Rikers Crisis Was Worsened by Illegal Strike

The lawsuit said that there was no plausible explanation for a “staggering” number of absences by correction officers this year other than a concerted and illegal job slowdown.

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Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants

The review, part of the Biden administration’s efforts to make preserving civil rights protections a priority, applies to federal funding for local law enforcement agencies.

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Here’s Why Rikers Island Is in Crisis

A number of recent deaths have prompted questions about the notorious New York City jail complex. Here are some answers.

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Justice Dept. to Investigate Georgia Prisons

The department also announced limits on federal officers’ use of widely criticized policing tactics.

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With Rikers in Crisis, Critics Wonder: Where Is Bill de Blasio?

The mayor is facing growing calls to address chaotic and violent conditions inside New York City’s vast jail complex.

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An ‘Absolute Emergency’ on Rikers Island as Violence Increases

A federal monitor said that staffing shortages had led to a sharp deterioration in conditions in the jail complex over the summer.

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‘Disorder and Chaos’ in N.Y.C. Jails as Pandemic Recedes

Six incarcerated people have died, a man accused of murder was accidentally released and a captain was charged with criminally negligent homicide, while the future of Rikers Island remains unclear.

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Where Myanmar Sends Its Political Prisoners

For 134 years, Insein Prison has stood as a monument to brutality. Since the Feb. 1 coup, journalists, elected leaders and pro-democracy protesters have been held in the aging facility.

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How Covid Vaccine Hesitancy Spread in My Prison

We can finally get the vaccine in prison. That doesn’t mean everyone will take it.

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How Sickle Cell Trait in Black People Can Give the Police Cover

Sickle cell trait has been cited in dozens of police custody deaths ruled accidental or natural, even though the condition is benign on its own, a Times investigation found.

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When Guards in New York City’s Jails Lie About Use of Force

An analysis of a newly released database of disciplinary records shows that violence by officers continues to be a problem in the system.

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In N.Y.C. Jail System, Guards Often Lie About Excessive Force

More than half of the roughly 270 correction officers disciplined over a 20-month period lied to investigators or filed incomplete or inaccurate reports.

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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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Illinois Prison Guard Pleads Guilty for Role in Beating Inmate to Death

Willie Hedden is one of three guards at the Western Illinois Correctional Center charged in the May 2018 assault of Larry Earvin, who was handcuffed at the time.

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2 Supervisors and Guard Charged in Attacks at Notorious Women’s Prison

The assaults left at least six inmates with injuries. One guard at the New Jersey prison is accused of punching a woman 28 times.

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29 Guards Suspended at a Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence

Inmates reported being beaten while handcuffed at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in New Jersey, the state’s only prison for women.

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States Are Shutting Down Prisons as Guards are Crippled By Covid-19

States and counties are finding it hard to keep jails and prisons open as the virus ravages both prisoners and staff members. But transferring inmates can spur new outbreaks.

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The Life of Jerry Givens, a State Executioner Turned Death-Row Abolitionist

“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

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In Massachusetts, Inmates Will Be Among First to Get Vaccines

As prison outbreaks rise, the state has moved inmates forward in the line to receive inoculations.

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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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Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?

At least 60 district attorneys have come to see incarceration as destructive, racist, expensive and ineffective. But can they persuade their own staffs?

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