New York City officials say they will close two aging jail facilities this fall.
Hundreds of people have been interred at the potter's field on Hart Island since March, according to the city agency that oversees burials there.
New York City is considering temporarily burying coronavirus victims to relieve some of the pressure on the system due to large numbers of deaths.
For the tens of thousands of kids locked up in juvenile detention centers and other correctional facilities across America, experts have issued a gloomy warning: The coronavirus is coming.
New York City's jail population is the lowest it has been since the 1940s.
Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours, the men stood and waited, without food, until a correctional officer quietly delivered the news: A civilian chef was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus.
New York City was hit by the nation’s largest coronavirus jail outbreak to date this week, with at least 38 people testing positive at the notorious Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities — more than half of them incarcerated men, the board that oversees the city's jail system said.
A correction officer at Rikers Island has reportedly been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Department of Corrections officials will reportedly put into motion a plan to prevent Harvey Weinstein from taking his life at Rikers.
At least four Rikers Island correction officers failed to act for seven minutes as an 18-year-old detainee tried to hang himself in a holding pen.
A correction officer at Rikers Jail was stabbed in the neck with a wooden object by an inmate, according to the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association.
New York City lawmakers have approved a plan to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex and replace it with four smaller jails.
The plan to close Rikers Island by 2026 and replace it with four smaller borough-based jails in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens is now in the hands of the New York City Council in a vote set to take place on Thursday.
The plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with four smaller borough-based jails is now in the hands of the New York City Council.
Commissioners walked out of a meeting on closing Rikers Island and replacing it with four new jails across the city after repeated disruptions.
Residents in Kew Gardens protested outside Borough Hall on Sunday to express their frustration over plans to build a new jail in the neighborhood.
New York prosecutors have asked federal prison officials to transfer Paul Manafort to New York City so he can be arraigned on state fraud charges. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is currently serving a 7 1/2-year sentence for bank fraud and other offenses at a prison in Pennsylvania.
New York City unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four smaller lockups located in densely populated neighborhoods, including turning an Art Deco government building that went up in lower Manhattan in 1930 into a tower for up to 1,500 inmates.
The union that represents jail guards in New York City says something must be done about attacks on guards or the city will have blood on its hands. The Correction Officers' Benevolent Association is calling out the mayor for "doing nothing" to prevent attacks.
On the same day the New York State Department of Corrections released a report that found violent incidents at Rikers Island increased in the last year and warning it might close the jail before New York City does, the mayor held a news conference to announce the lowest inmate population at Rikers in five years, the lowest jail population the city's seen in 35 years, and the lowest incarceration rate of any major city in America.