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Manhattan Arraignment Court, April 4, 2023

Hell Gate puts you at the heart of the action inside New York Criminal Court.

April 4, 2023

NYC Jails Watchdog Bucks Mayor Adams…For Now

The Board of Correction wouldn't sign off on an Adams administration plan to stop delivery of physical mail to incarcerated people.

March 15, 2023

Prakash Churaman, Locked Up for Years on Charges the Queens DA Has Since Dropped, Sues NYC For $25 Million

“Mentally, I’m not free. For me to adjust to society, it’s hard,” Churaman told Hell Gate.

January 30, 2023

Why Is the Head of NYC Jails Endorsing a Debunked Fentanyl ‘Myth’?

An alleged fentanyl poisoning happens in the midst of a debate over whether to ban physical mail in NYC jails.

Erick Tavira Went to the Hospital Seeking Treatment. Instead He Died on Rikers Island

For the 17th person to die in NYC jails last year, a plea for medical help was answered with a fateful arrest.

January 11, 2023

The Queens District Attorney’s Office Has an Exonerating Evidence Problem

Information that can set people free sits around for years while people suffer on Rikers—and both the NYPD and Queens DA’s office don’t seem to care.

December 4, 2022

NYC Will Pay Millions for Locking Up People Who Had Already Paid Bail, But It’s Still Doing That

As the City settles a major class-action lawsuit, it’s still dragging its feet releasing people who have posted bail.

December 1, 2022

Incarcerated Women Wonder When Governor Hochul Will Actually Start Using Her ‘Overhauled’ Pardon System

The governor hasn't issued a commutation or a pardon since boasting of major changes this summer.

November 28, 2022

Why 18 Deaths in Custody This Year Isn’t Enough to Take Control of Jails Away From NYC

"Change has to come from the inside," the NYC Correction commissioner told a federal court Thursday.

November 18, 2022