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.
Following nationwide demonstrations last year, more than 60 people were put on trial this week, some facing up to 30 years behind bars.
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. —
The Justice Department issued guidelines that allow more prisoners to participate in a program to earn shorter terms under the 2018 bipartisan criminal justice law.
Detainees in one jail at the Rikers Island complex are refusing to eat Correction Department meals.
After a decade of efforts that sharply reduced inmate populations, California is closing prisons. One town high in the Sierra Nevada whose economy is built on incarceration is waging a legal battle to keep a prison open.
Alvin Bragg has told prosecutors in his office to seek jail or prison time for only the most serious crimes, unless the law requires otherwise.
Michael Carvajal took over the Bureau of Prisons in February 2020, just as the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation’s prisons.
Incarcerated people were subjected to solitary confinement and denied family visits because of improperly administered tests, the state inspector general found.
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.
The move reverses a Trump-era decision that would have sent nearly all of the thousands of inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic back to prison.
An employment program near the city of Padua helps inmates develop life skills and earn a substantial wage.
The Medicaid Re-entry Act ought to become law, regardless of the fate of Build Back Better.
Lawyers for the family of Glenn Foster Jr., 31, said his death while in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama had not resulted from “natural causes.”
When Ko Aung Kyaw erased his cellphone contacts to protect his sources, he knew his interrogators would make him pay a horrific price. He did it anyway.
The city’s reform-minded corrections commissioner, who introduced therapeutic programs for guards and detainees, is leaving.
Alaa is a political prisoner in Egypt because he dared to dream of another world.
A Brooklyn man, who went into cardiac arrest on Friday, became the 15th person to die this year within New York City’s correction system.
Nathaniel Woods was unarmed when three Birmingham police officers were fatally shot by someone else in 2004. But Woods, a Black man, was convicted of capital murder for his role in the deaths of the three white officers.
Joseph Gordon has been locked up for nearly 30 years. A model inmate, he is eligible for parole — but only if he expresses remorse for a crime he says he did not commit.
The failed lethal injection for Mr. Hamm, who was terminally ill, amounted to what his lawyer said was a case of cruel and unusual punishment.
The Omicron variant is creating a lot of anxiety.
Readers express relief. One calls it the “only rational and equitable verdict.” Also: A Covid Thanksgiving, and one in prison; children and grief.
Newly released records show the disgraced financier living a mundane existence in jail before his suicide, while also spinning deceptions until the very end.
Lawyers for Brendan Hunt, who posted violent threats around the time of the attack on the Capitol, say he turned over a new leaf — and befriended R. Kelly — in jail.
Maria Butina, convicted of serving as an unregistered foreign agent before and after the 2016 election, insists she “wasn’t a spy” and that her Duma seat is “not a reward.” Her critics call her a Kremlin “trophy.”
To keep people out of prison, George Gascón is risking everything: rising violent crime, a staff rebellion and the votes that made him district attorney.
Readers hail the $1 trillion bill but bemoan the partisanship and worry about online scams. Also: Paid family leave; court logjam; food deliveries.
Insights from Dr. Rachael Bedard, a jail-based geriatrician.
Rikers needs to close. For now, moving people out of there safely and smartly is the bare minimum.
Do your job “before someone dies,” an advocate pleaded at a meeting of the city Board of Correction, which has the power to monitor Rikers Island.
Heather L. Mack, 26, had already served more than six years in prison in Indonesia for the 2014 killing of her mother, whose body was found in a suitcase at a Bali resort.
About a Ross Douthat column suggesting that liberal states are being too stringent and should move toward normalcy. Also: Women and finances; aging prisoners.
It was the state’s first lethal injection since 2015, when it halted executions after using the wrong drug in one instance and allowing a prisoner to regain consciousness in another.
An unusual debate at a maximum-security prison in Illinois led to a proposal for reform that the state legislature can pass right now.
Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa traded attacks over past lies, a Brooklyn apartment and “buffoonery” on the debate stage.
The extensive allegations present a portrait of an environment inside the state’s juvenile prisons that is rife with physical attacks.
The deplorable conditions at the New York prison complex. Also: The joy of audiobooks; airline vaccine mandates; Bond, James Bond.
Inside the lawlessness at the Rikers Island jail complex.
As the jail has descended further into crisis, federal and state officials have shown increasing skepticism about the city’s ability to manage it.
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.
In a letter to the president on Friday, several members of Congress said New York City “cannot be trusted” to manage the jail, which has descended into chaos.
As New York looks to replace Rikers Island, some say a focus on more humane jail design is largely beside the point.
A spate of deaths and a mounting culture of violence at New York City’s largest jail renew calls for an emergency solution.
The man who died was being held at the Vernon C. Bain Center, a floating jail barge docked just north of Rikers Island.
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.
Danny Fenster, who has become an international symbol of the military’s crackdown, was ordered on Monday to remain in confinement.
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.
The mayor promised to close the jail years ago, but the situation there is as desperate as it’s ever been.
A number of recent deaths have prompted questions about the notorious New York City jail complex. Here are some answers.