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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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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Rikers Still ‘Unstable and Unsafe’ Under New Jails Chief, Watchdog Says

A federal monitor overseeing reforms at the troubled New York City jail complex said staffing problems and high rates of violence persist.

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50 Years Ago, James Brown Took an Unlikely Stage: Rikers Island

The story of how the Godfather of Soul ended up performing at the New York jail involves a dogged Board of Correction employee who knitted her way to the musician’s attention.

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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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New Law Overhauling N.Y.’s Parole System Is Being Ignored, Lawyers Say

The so-called “Less Is More Act” took effect this week, but lawyers for dozens being detained for parole violations said in a court filing that the state corrections department was disregarding parts of it.

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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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16 Men Died in N.Y.C. Jails Last Year. Who Were They?

The stories of those who died in custody offer an intimate, firsthand look at the crisis gripping the New York City jail system.

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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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The Growing Fight Over Voting Rights

On President Biden’s speech, vote counting and voter suppression. Also: Donald Trump and Jan. 6; Rikers Island; Covid pathogens; exercise heals.

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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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Louis Molina Expected to Lead N.Y.C. Jail System

Mr. Molina, a former N.Y.P.D. officer and Correction Department official, will be tasked with restoring order at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

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Another Death at Rikers Continues ‘Very Difficult Year’ at N.Y.C. Jails

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.

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‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

Readers hail the $1 trillion bill but bemoan the partisanship and worry about online scams. Also: Paid family leave; court logjam; food deliveries.

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On Rikers Island, A Doctor for Older Detainees

Insights from Dr. Rachael Bedard, a jail-based geriatrician.

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How to Alleviate the Crisis at Rikers

Rikers needs to close. For now, moving people out of there safely and smartly is the bare minimum. 

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As Deaths Rise at Rikers Island, Oversight Board Fails to Raise Alarm

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.

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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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5 Takeaways From the First N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa traded attacks over past lies, a Brooklyn apartment and “buffoonery” on the debate stage.

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Rikers Death Pushes Toll in N.Y.C. Jails to 13 This Year

The man who died contracted the coronavirus while awaiting trial on weapons charges after being unable to post $100,000 bail, his lawyer said.

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The Chaotic Conditions at Rikers Island

The deplorable conditions at the New York prison complex. Also: The joy of audiobooks; airline vaccine mandates; Bond, James Bond.

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‘No Crime Is Worth That’

Inside the lawlessness at the Rikers Island jail complex.

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Amid Chaos at Rikers, Women and Transgender People to Be Transferred

The move, meant to free staff to restore order at the notorious jail system, raises questions about the detainees’ access to their lawyers and families.

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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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Rikers Island Crisis: House Democrats Call on de Blasio to Brief Congress

As the jail has descended further into crisis, federal and state officials have shown increasing skepticism about the city’s ability to manage it.

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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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N.Y. Democrats Ask Biden to Intervene at Rikers, as de Blasio Plans Visit

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.

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After Rikers, Will It Be Enough to Build Better Jails?

As New York looks to replace Rikers Island, some say a focus on more humane jail design is largely beside the point.

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Why Is Rikers Island Still Open?

A spate of deaths and a mounting culture of violence at New York City’s largest jail renew calls for an emergency solution.

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Crisis at Rikers and N.Y.C Jails Grows With 12th Death in Custody

The man who died was being held at the Vernon C. Bain Center, a floating jail barge docked just north of Rikers Island.

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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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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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Rikers Island Is an Endless Catastrophe

The mayor promised to close the jail years ago, but the situation there is as desperate as it’s ever been.

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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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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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Why Some in This Neighborhood Oppose a Museum Dedicated to Their Culture

In Chinatown, anti-gentrification protesters are furious over funding granted to a museum that they say doesn’t represent their community.

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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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Guards Smuggled Drugs and Razors Into N.Y.C. Jails, Prosecutors Say

The correction officers are accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to sneak contraband into the city’s jails.

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