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The racism can be felt from the moment black inmates enter New York’s upstate prisons. One inmate, John Richard, reported that he was jumped at Clinton Correctional Facility by a guard who threatened to “serve up some black mashed potatoes with tomato sauce.”READ MORE
Kenneth Brown did not think the projections for Sandy could be true. As he visited a friend in the Rockaways on the weekend of Oct. 29, 2012, he said he did not imagine what the following weeks of his life would entail when the hurricane hit the city, causing significant damage along the peninsula.READ MORE
Earlier this year, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito formed an independent commission to determine whether the dilapidated and violent city jail on Rikers Island should (and could) be shut down. Now, Politico New York reports, the vultures are circling: real estate developers like Related Companies have expressed an interest in the site.READ MORE
There’s been a lot of bipartisan talk lately about criminal justice reform. But action is slow. Too slow for Pedro Collazo, dangling in a web of collateral consequences.READ MORE
Smartphones, the Internet, job-seeking. For prisoners released after decades behind bars, the modern world is difficult, confusing, and still better than anything ‘on the inside.’READ MORE