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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

Where in the World Is Yenchun Chen?

The now-folk hero who escaped DOC custody out a fifth-floor window is still free.

August 15, 2023

‘Something Can and Must Change’: The Long Process to Take Rikers Out of NYC’s Control Has Begun

Faced with ongoing constitutional violations, a federal judge Thursday scheduled arguments for putting NYC jails into receivership

August 11, 2023

A Sommelier Almost Torched His Future. A Diversion Court Gave Him a Second Chance

Caleb Ganzer, who set fires to outdoor dining structures in Lower Manhattan, is back at work thanks to a new courts initiative.

August 11, 2023

The Rikers Monitor Is Finally Fed Up With the Adams Administration

"Real harm is occurring to real people in real time," the monitor reminds everyone.

July 11, 2023

Epstein Killed Himself, With the Help of a Broken and Neglectful Federal Prison System

Incompetence, violence and death in New York's federal jails don't require imaginative explanation—they're commonplace.

June 29, 2023

The Adams Administration’s Clumsy Campaign to Downplay Violence on Rikers Island Backfires

A federal judge no longer trusts jail officials to give an accurate picture of violence in City jails, and may weigh taking the jails out of City control altogether.

June 13, 2023