Violence at Rikers at an ‘All-Time High’ Despite City’s Promise to Curb It

A federal monitor found that the number of times guards at the jail complex used force against inmates rose 54 percent, even as its population shrank. Mayor Bill de Blasio and leaders in the City Council have already agreed to close Rikers Island, one of the country’s largest urban prisons.Credit...Dave Sanders for The New York … Continue reading Violence at Rikers at an ‘All-Time High’ Despite City’s Promise to Curb It

Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/nyregion/rikers-island-closing-future.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Thousands of detainees and officers would leave Rikers Island and move into jails across New York City. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Rikers Island, which has housed inmates in New York City for nearly a century, stretches almost 415 acres atop a former landfill in the East River. It is half the size of Central Park. And … Continue reading Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?