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Island in the East River between Queens and the Bronx that is home to New York City's main jail complex

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Rikers Island: Island in the East River between Queens and the Bronx that is home to New York City's main jail complex
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.


Six jail guards at New York's Rikers Island charged with taking bribes, smuggling drugs

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

Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?

A hub of renewable energy, packed with solar panels and batteries, or an expanded La Guardia Airport could replace the Rikers jails.
NYTimes.com - Published

Viktoria Nasyrova: "I'm not a killer"

Watch excerpts of Peter Van Sant's interview with alleged murderer Viktoria Nasyrova at Rikers Island correctional facility in New York City.
CBS News - Published

NYC lawmakers vote to close massive Rikers jail

Rikers, which has 10,000 beds, is a 400-acre jail complex located on an island in the middle of the East River, between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx
CBS News - Published

New York city council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails

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

Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System

The City Council is expected to approve an $8 billion plan on Thursday to close the complex by 2026 and build four new jails that could become a national model.
NYTimes.com - Published

Not Paid, Rikers Island, Hacking Your Phone

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

4 Jails in 5 Boroughs: The $8.7 Billion Puzzle Over How to Close Rikers

The City Council will weigh in on Thursday on a plan to move inmates into four new jails in New York City neighborhoods.
NYTimes.com - Published

AOC says Paul Manafort should not be held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island

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."
USATODAY.com - Published

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could be held in Rikers Island, sources say

Manafort could begin a stay at the city’s notorious jail complex on Rikers Island until a state fraud case is resolved, two people familiar with the matter told AP
USATODAY.com - Published

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