Rikers Island is a 413.17-acre (1.67 km2) island in the East River between Queens and the Bronx that is home to New York City's main jail complex. Supposedly named after Abraham Rycken, who bought the island in 1664, the island was originally under 100 acres (40 ha) in size, but has since grown to more than 400 acres (160 ha). The first stages of expansion were accomplished largely by convict labor hauling in ashes for landfill. The island is politically part of the Bronx, although bridge access is from Queens. It is part of Queens Community District 1 and uses a Jackson Heights, Queens, ZIP Code of 11370 for mail.
U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged six jail guards with taking bribes to smuggle drugs and cellphones into New York City's infamous Rikers Island, a prison complex officials have vowed to close due to.. Reuters - Published
The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city's infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities as part.. Reuters - Published
Lesley Stahl investigates the life insurance industry; then, Bill Whitaker reports on a disturbing pattern of neglect and excessive force at Rikers Island; and, everything is hackable -- including your.. CBS News - Published
Noting that the notorious prison was located in her district, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called solitary confinement a "license for gov torture and human rights violations."
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