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Street Artists Paint Touching Tribute To Kalief Browder

Street artistsGilf! and Lmnopi collaborated on a new mural dedicated to Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man who was held for more than three years at Rikers Island without a trial and later committed suicide. The art was unveiled to the public in Soho on Saturday and included a Q&A with the curator, artists, Kalief’s […]

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There Will Be a Vigil For Kalief Browder Outside a Manhattan Jail Tonight

Civil rights organizations are holding a vigil for Kalief Browder, the 22-year-old Bronx man who committed suicide this past weekend, 2 years after being released from Rikers. The vigil will take place at the Metropolitan Detention Complex on White Street at 6 PM, according to the organization’s Facebook page. Activists and those who want to […]

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City Settles Federal Lawsuit Over ‘Culture of Violence’ At Rikers

The City has reached a settlement over the class-action lawsuit championed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara over the deplorable conditions at Rikers Island. The agreement will lead to several reforms, including the instatement of a federal monitor over the Department of Corrections. From the Observer: “I have repeatedly made clear our unwavering commitment to enduring […]

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NYC Council Speaker Pushing Mayor Out of The Way To Create a Bail Fund

One of the most tragic things about the case of Kalief Browder, the young man who committed suicide after being released from Rikers, was how preventable it was. Browder was arrested at 16, allegedly for having stolen a backpack, and waited there for a trial that took 3 years to throw out. One way to […]

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A Young Man Has Been At Rikers Awaiting Trial Since 2008

Carlos Montero was 17 when he was arrested for his alleged involvement in a Washington Heights murder on October 23, 2008. He has been awaiting trial at Rikers Island ever since, a New York Post investigation finds. Experts say that his detainment is unquestionably unconstitutional. Prosecutors say Montero was with Jairo Peralta and Diangelo Enriquez […]

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Security Camera Footage From Inside Rikers Is a Rare First-Hand Look at ‘Culture of Violence’

The New Yorker has released 6 minutes of security camera footage from inside Rikers, giving the public a rare and disturbing glimpse into the prison’s “deep-seated culture of violence,” as a report by the United States attorney in Manhattan called it. The video shows two incidents that happened to Kalief Browder, who was arrested in […]

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