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New York’s Prison Labor System: ‘You Got the Slaves, and You Got the Masters’

Testifying to state lawmakers, former incarcerated workers for the state’s Corcraft program described a regime of exploitation.

February 13, 2024

In Court, Rikers Officials Play For Time and Win Again

A federal judge held the Adams Administration in contempt of court for ignoring her orders on Rikers, then granted the City a two-month extension.

December 15, 2023

Federal Government: It’s Time to Take NYC’s Jails Out of Eric Adams’s Control

The long-expected filing comes as both a federal monitor and prosecutors have lost all faith in Eric Adams to manage the city's jails.

November 20, 2023

Rikers So Broken Even the Monitor Whose Job Is to Know How Broken It Is Now Says He Has No Idea

In a new report, the court monitor overseeing NYC jails calls the Adams administration's resistance to reform an "insurmountable impediment."

November 10, 2023

Summoned to Testify Before Watchdog, NYC Jails Chief Just Doesn’t Show Up

Is it still an oversight hearing if the agency being overseen just ditches it?

October 17, 2023

Judge Issues Another Order Telling Rikers Officials to Obey Her Previous Orders

Continued failure to follow court orders, the judge writes, “may result in additional orders.”

October 11, 2023

Jails Monitor: Rikers Island Under Eric Adams is ‘Incapable’ of Reform

Conditions continued to deteriorate in August and September, even as Correction Commissioner Louis Molina and staff visited London tourist sites.

October 5, 2023

When the Going Gets Tough, Rikers Head Louis Molina Goes to Europe

The guy who has presided over 27 deaths in custody is “sharing best practices on facility management, safety, and security” with his counterparts abroad.

September 21, 2023

Who’s Going to Make Eric Adams Close Rikers Island?

"I don't know how we compel him to follow the law, other than shaming the hell out of him."

August 31, 2023