This post was originally published to PrisonProtest.com. At the beginning of March, New York City’s Board of Correction released a preliminary report on Rikers Island’s controversial new isolation facility, the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit (ESHU). The $14.8 million ESHU was proposed to house 250 of Rikers’ so-called “most dangerous” inmates– a small minority of the [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Tuesday March 31, 2015 1:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 23, 2015 1:05 pm|
A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois suggests Chicago has a much greater problem with stop-and-frisks by police than New York in 2011, which is considered the “height of the practice” and two years before a court ruled the New York Police Department’s policy violated Fourth Amendment rights. A “sample of 250 [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Saturday March 21, 2015 2:00 pm|
This post was originally published at PrisonProtest.com. A lawsuit filed on March 12th in the Eastern District of New York claims the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) withheld important records from a federally-mandated disability advocate after they learned guards had brutally attacked a developmentally disabled juvenile inmate at the Robert N. Davoren Complex [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday March 11, 2015 12:00 pm|
On January 26, 2015, Rudolph Richardson sued the city of New York, prison healthcare contractor Corizon Health Services and Dr. Landis Barnes for allegedly delaying and denying him emergency medical care following an incident in which his cell door slammed shut on his fingers. According to the complaint filed in the District Court of the [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday February 6, 2015 9:00 am|
In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the express version of this story: – African-American teen killed by a white cop; – Grand jury won’t indict, cop walks free; – Family wins wrongful death lawsuit; – Taxpayers lay out $3.9 million to pay for their killer cops on the loose. Read, repeat. And now, the [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday January 22, 2015 4:00 pm|
Would New York City’s new rules for solitary confinement have saved the life of 19-year-old Andy Henriquez?
Henriquez was brought to Rikers Island when he was only 16. Three years later, he was still awaiting trial when he was placed in isolation.
|By: Brandon Jordan Tuesday December 16, 2014 10:59 am|
More than 50,000 people gathered at Washington Square Park on Dec. 13 for Millions March NYC, which was organized by 23-year-old Synead Nichols and 19-year-old Umaara Iynaas Elliott. The march was organized in response to the recent lack of indictments against officers Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively. However, [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday December 4, 2014 9:00 am|
A grand jury will bring no charges against a white New York City cop who strangled an unarmed African-American man to death. Watch him die in the video. Daniel Pantaelo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, will not face charges for the killing, a grand [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday November 12, 2014 2:52 pm|
In yet another example of how police officers act today if they don’t know there’s a camera on, a New York sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay after a video that appears to show him slapping a young man went online. The cop is seen quickly losing patience with a man who did not want his car searched, as is his right under the Fourth Amendment.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:10 am|
In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a nation that has allocated $1.57 trillion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $92.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, we don’t have much to offer this guy.