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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

Cover-Ups, Half-Truths, Secrecy and Contempt: Watchdog Report Shows How Rikers Officials Are Making Court Oversight Look Like a Joke

The monitor's latest report describes a jail system that tries to conceal its ongoing violence and blocks outside efforts to improve conditions.

June 9, 2023

Rikers Officials Said Joshua Valles Had a Heart Attack. His Autopsy Revealed a Fractured Skull

"But for the bail rollbacks, Joshua would have been alive today."

May 31, 2023

A Federal Judge Allows the Fatal, Dickensian Farce on Rikers Island to Continue

At the latest hearing, the federal judge overseeing violence reduction efforts on Rikers once again declined to take the jails out of NYC control

April 28, 2023

She Spoke Out Against Mistreatment in a NY Jail. Then ICE Put Her Back Inside

After an asylum seeker spoke out about conditions in an ICE-contracted jail in New York, the agency seemingly retaliated against her.

April 27, 2023

Inside the Courtroom With Donald Trump

It's not easy to arraign a former president.

April 5, 2023