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Concourse »

Bobby Shmurda's Girlfriend Hid a Shank in Her Bra for Him at Rikers: DA

The East Flatbush rapper pleaded not guilty to charges that his girlfriend brought him a knife in jail.

Ditmars »

'OITNB' Star and Stella Adler Studio Bring Acting Classes Behind Bars

Kate Mulgrew of "Orange is the New Black" is helping her alma mater serve the Rikers community.

East Elmhurst »

Class-Action Lawsuit Wins 'Historic' Reforms of Rikers Rules

The reforms include heightened surveillance and new rules for when officers can use force on inmates.

East Elmhurst »

Rikers Population Falls Below 10,000 For First Time in Decades

The population has held in the 9,000s this year, a DOC spokesman said.

East Flatbush »

Hearing Dates Set for Trials of Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel

The East Flatbush rappers, who are facing dozens of gun and drug charges, are due back in court in June.

East Elmhurst »

City to End Solitary Confinement for Inmates Under 21

The new rule also caps solitary confinement time to no more than 30 days consecutive for all inmates.

Hunts Point »

Rikers Inmate Dies After Ambulance Takes Half-Hour to Arrive, Reports Say

Inmate Victor Woods was being held on a drug charge when he went into convulsions, authorities said.

Hunts Point »

Prosecutors Eyeing Court Monitor to Force Rikers Reforms, Sources Say

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement that his office was prepared to take legal action.

Hunts Point »

Rikers Jail Medical Provider Let Inmate Die From Diabetic Coma, Suit Says

Carlos Mercado died after lapsing into a coma on Aug. 24, 2013, according to court documents.

Concourse Village »

Vigil Held for Inmate Killed in Rikers Mental Health Unit

Bradley Ballard died after being locked alone in his cell for seven days, advocates say.

Sunnyside »

Corrections Department Overtime Costs Exploding, City Councilwoman Warns

The city DOC's overtime cap is 57 hours a month, nearly twice what it was in 2010.

Upper East Side »

Anna Gristina 'Freaked Out' When Ankle Bracelet Lost Power After Storm

Gristina's upstate farm — and her court-ordered ankle bracelet — lost power during Sandy.

SoHo »

Cops Search SoHo Basement for Clues in Etan Patz Case

Police returned to the West Broadway storefront where Etan Patz's confessed killer once worked.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

Rikers Island Inmates to Cook Thanksgiving Turkeys for the Needy

This week, inmates on Rikers Island will help to prepare Thanksgiving dinners for two churches on the Upper East Side. 

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

Columbia University Drug Dealer Sentenced to Six Months in Jail

Harrison David, 20, a former Columbia University student, was sentenced to six months jail for selling cocaine.