Rikers Island

Woman Who Smothered 1-Year-Old Son in Bathroom Gets 18-Year Sentence

A woman who claimed the devil made her smother her son in the bathroom of a Manhattan restaurant in 2015 was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter.<p>The woman, Latisha Fisher, 38, of the Lower East Side in Manhattan, had a history of mental …


City Council Ends Term with Flurry of Oversight Hearings

Speaker Mark-Viverito (photo: John McCarten/City Council)<p>A flurry of oversight hearings are filling the City Council calendar as the Council enters …

Department of Veterans Affairs

State crime bills would expand inmates’ access to addiction treatment

A little-discussed provision deep within the Legislature’s criminal justice bills tackles a critical but contentious aspect of the opioid crisis, …


Why tax-suffocated New Yorkers need reform ASAP

From Roy Moore to Al Franken and Bill Clinton, stories about alleged sexual assaults are impossible to resist, especially when they come with …

Heidi Heitkamp

Queens teen's mom says driver who mowed down her son is a 'liar'

The mother of a Queens teen whose promising football career was cut short by a callous driver isn’t buying his excuses.


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman review – songs of love, woe and overcoming

(Daptone) The late-blooming soul star’s posthumous album is righteous, dramatic and rooted in the past<p>It is tempting to overpraise the recently departed. But the late – and, arguably, great – Sharon Jones was not discovered via a TV talent show or hothoused at a fame school. Her voice clawed its …

Amy Winehouse

NYC issues request for proposals for alternatives to Rikers Island

The city wants a consultant to examine if the prisons in Manhattan and Brooklyn can be expanded, among other things<p>In June, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a “roadmap” to shutdown the Rikers Island prison over the next 10 years. On Thursday, he took the first step towards making that a reality.<p>His …


NYC Monuments Undergo Public Scrutiny at First Commission Hearing

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statues and monuments commission held its first public hearing in Queens on Friday morning, where residents, advocates, …

New York City Politics

It's a New Golden Age for Corruption

A series of high-profile prosecutions have ended in failure or been overturned by courts, while high-profile leaders model bad behavior publicly.<p>Federal prosecutors didn’t have a great day on Thursday. In Newark, New Jersey, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of Senator Bob Menendez, the …


Good Time directors the Safdie brothers: ‘Robert Pattinson was just a guy chasing work’

The low-budget crime-thriller film-makers talk about being ‘petrified of stasis’ and casting the Twilight star in their latest release, despite not having seen his movies<p>In a Hollywood that seems more monetised, sanitised and purely profit-driven than ever – these days, we use the phrase “film …

Film (UK)

The New Poor Houses, Cash Bail Is Ruining the Lives of the Accused

The socioeconomic inequality and racial injustices of American society are evident in that great processing plant of Black, Brown and poor bodies …


Inmate claims Rikers staff beat him unconscious in retaliation

A Rikers Island inmate says he was beaten unconscious by correction officers in retaliation for a lawsuit he filed.


The Punisher: What You Need to Know From Daredevil Season 2

While some of the Marvel heroes brought to life on Netflix have launched within their own series, that’s not always the approach. Luke Cage, for …


De Blasio Starts Search for Alternatives to Rikers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has taken the first step in shutting down the troubled jail complex on Rikers Island, releasing a request for proposal to assess the city’s correctional facilities and identify sites where new jails could be built.<p>Under the proposal, a consultant …

News (U.S.)

Cryptocurrency is the Next Frontier in the Quest to Abolish Cash Bail

A new app seeks to liberate people from more than “liberal malaise.”<p>It sounds a little ridiculous at first: All you have to do is download an app, …


Sharon Jones' Soulful Finale

Everybody in the music business told Sharon Jones she was too much. “They told me I was too dark skinned, too short, too fat; and once I got past 25, …

Curtis Mayfield

Report finds costs soaring at Rikers Island

Fewer inmates doesn't mean lower operating costs at Rikers Island.<p>A new report says costs are soaring at the jail complex.<p>The City Comptroller's …

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund awards $22m in grants to activist groups and social programmes

The Art for Justice Fund, started earlier this year by the philanthropist and art collector Agnes Gund through the sale of a Roy Lichtenstein …

Roy Lichtenstein

A Photographer and Her Subject Share a Journey Over the Decades

In the first pages of “An Autobiography of Miss Wish,” the reader meets Kimberly Stevens multiple times: In handwritten notes; dark, cinematic images; drawings of knives and books; and a beaming childhood portrait. Then there’s her psychiatric history written in detached clinical jargon, and a …


The student discipline delusion

Abel Cedeno, a bisexual 18-year-old high school student, sits at Rikers Island charged with manslaughter.


Can You Imagine Spending 23 Hours A Day In A Cell The Size Of A Parking Space?

The overuse of solitary confinement is a terrible problem with a common-sense solution, writes Bonita Tenneriello.


Assisting the Poor to Make Bail Helps Everyone

The call came to Ezra Ritchin at 3:30 p.m. one day last week, from a Bronx public defender: A 19-year-old transgender man, a high school senior, had been picked up for petit theft. Although he had no criminal record, the judge had set bail at $1,000.<p>It might as well have been a million.<p>Even when …


Prosecutors Keep Their Jobs by Putting People in Jail. Can They Be Leaders in the Fight for Criminal-Justice Reform?

Collier MeyersonA new wave of “progressive” prosecutors has made big promises. But is it possible for them to bring change when they are so reliant …


New corrections head fined more than $5K for misusing company car

<i>The city's new corrections commissioner has agreed to pay a hefty fine for using her official vehicle for personal trips.</i><p><i>That was announced Tuesday</i> …

A transgender woman is suing Mass. over placement at male prison

Being assigned to an all-male prison was traumatic enough. But a transgender woman incarcerated at MCI-Norfolk says she has been subjected to groping …


Jails cost city $1.36B in 2017 — even with decrease in inmates

The city jail budget has soared to an all-time high — even as the number of inmates has dropped to the lowest point in three decades.


Reforms are on the way to fix justice system, reduce jail budget

Almost everyone loses when misdemeanor defendants spend time in jail while their cases are pending in criminal court.<p>Our jails are accelerants of …


A Former NYC CIty Council Intern Sets His Sights on Speaker’s Chair

After fifteen years as a City Council staffer and representative, Donovan Richards says he’s ready to lead the chamber<p><i>Since the November 7 general</i> …

New York City

Social Services worker allegedly helped sons run prostitution ring

A city employee took supporting her sons’ career choices to a criminal level, authorities said.<p>Department of Social Services employee Ann Marie …


The Pitch

For as long as hip-hop has existed, it has reflected the politics of its community. The prison system has shaped life in Black America, so rap has had no choice but to engage in the ongoing battle for criminal-justice reform. “At the same time that an art form created by African American and Latino …