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Rikers Island, first opened in the 1930s, has become controversial for its violence and corruption in recent decades. (Courtesy of Flickr)

Problematic Rikers Must Close

January 29, 2020

The city’s plan to close Rikers, however, is more than a plan to shut down a facility rampant with abuse. It is a plan for a top-to-bottom reform of the city’s jail system.

Ramsey Orta is considered a political prisoner of the NYPD by his supporters. (Courtesy of Clayton Roulhac)

Ramsey Orta: Imprisoned and Imperiled; Fiancée Alleges NYPD Systemic Abuse

October 9, 2019

The video of Garner’s death galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement, and Orta became a hero to activists.

Rikers Island jail run by New York City Department of Corrections - © 2012 David Oppenheimer - Performance Impressions Photography Archives

Access to Justice Visits Rikers Island

April 11, 2018

By Joergen Ostensen Jeanine Botwe, LAW ’20, said she thought she knew what Rikers Island would be like. However, she said media depictions of prison did not prepare her for her visit to Rikers. “Everyone thinks that they know what it...

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