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Governor Cuomo, Pardon This Man

Governor Cuomo, Pardon This Man

Tyrone Abraham served his time. His story shows what happens when a state’s criminal justice system collides with federal immigration enforcement.
On New Year’s Eve, Drones in Times Square

On New Year’s Eve, Drones in Times Square

It's a first for surveillance at the event, joining other security measures like bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors.
The Rikers Coffee Academy

The Rikers Coffee Academy

Can teaching prison inmates to make lattes give them a chance at a better future?
The Rikers Coffee Academy

The Rikers Coffee Academy

Can teaching prison inmates to make lattes give them a chance at a better future?
After Rikers Island Closes, What Will Jail Look Like?

After Rikers Island Closes, What Will Jail Look Like?

With plans to shutter Rikers, the city will build four new jails, a chance to address penal reform and make jails safer. But leadership and design excellence are key.
Why Workers Fear Moving 50 Criminally Insane Patients

Why Workers Fear Moving 50 Criminally Insane Patients

The state plans to relocate the patients of Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, but its new home was not built with prisoners in mind.
‘They Saw Him Hanging and Did Nothing’: A Teen’s Agony in Rikers

‘They Saw Him Hanging and Did Nothing’: A Teen’s Agony in Rikers

Nicholas Feliciano, 18, had a history of suicide attempts, but guards stood by for seven minutes as he tried to kill himself.
He Waited 6 Hours for Help at Rikers. Then He Tried to Hang Himself.

He Waited 6 Hours for Help at Rikers. Then He Tried to Hang Himself.

Nicholas Feliciano, 18, had a history of suicide attempts, but Rikers jail guards failed to act for seven minutes when he tried to kill himself.
Rikers Guards Stood By for 7 Minutes as Inmate Tried to Hang Himself

Rikers Guards Stood By for 7 Minutes as Inmate Tried to Hang Himself

Four correction officers have been suspended as investigators examine their failure to stop an 18-year-old detainee’s suicide attempt.

A Sad Last Gasp Against Criminal Justice Reform

Prosecutors and police should honor the will of the voters and implement long-overdue changes.
Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?

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

A hub of renewable energy, packed with solar panels and batteries, or an expanded La Guardia Airport could replace the Rikers jails.
Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?

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

A hub of renewable energy, packed with solar panels and batteries, or an expanded La Guardia Airport could replace the Rikers jails.
Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?

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

A hub of renewable energy, packed with solar panels and batteries, or an expanded La Guardia Airport could replace the Rikers jails.
New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

City officials are looking to Norway, whose correctional system is a radical departure from cold, harsh American prisons.
New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

City officials are looking to Norway, whose correctional system is a radical departure from cold, harsh American prisons.
New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

City officials are looking to Norway, whose correctional system is a radical departure from cold, harsh American prisons.
Beaten and Left in Solitary Confinement, He Thought He Would Die

Beaten and Left in Solitary Confinement, He Thought He Would Die

Transferred off Rikers Island, he was among four young men who won a $980,000 settlement after a lawsuit described brutal beatings at an Albany jail.
Rikers Island: The Closing of the Notorious Jail, Explained

Rikers Island: The Closing of the Notorious Jail, Explained

Friday: New York’s notorious jail complex will be closed for good. Here’s where the inmates are going, and how the city plans to make it happen.
Goodbye, Rikers

Goodbye, Rikers

New York finally turns the page.
N.Y.C. Votes to Close Rikers. Now Comes the Hard Part.

N.Y.C. Votes to Close Rikers. Now Comes the Hard Part.

The City Council approved a sweeping $8 billion plan to close the troubled jail complex and replace it with four smaller jails by 2026, an aggressive timeline that will prove challenging.