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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

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

NYC Jails Commissioner Revoked Watchdog’s Camera Access for Making His Department Look Bad

Newly public documents show that Louis Molina made it harder for the Board of Correction to view video of jails because he thinks the oversight agency has an "agenda."

February 23, 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.