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March 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A news report has raised questions about how New York City jail officials handle at-risk inmates after a troubled 56-year-old former Marine was found dead in a Rikers Island cell where the temperature at one point had reportedly exceeded 100 degrees. “He basically baked to death,” one official with knowledge of Jerome Murdough's death told the Associated Press. The wire service reported that Murdough was mentally ill, homeless and had been arrested for trespassing after trying to curl up and sleep in an enclosed stairwell on a chilly winter night.
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March 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A news report has raised questions about how New York City jail officials handle at-risk inmates after a troubled 56-year-old former Marine was found dead in a Rikers Island cell where the temperature at one point had reportedly exceeded 100 degrees. “He basically baked to death,” one official with knowledge of Jerome Murdough's death told the Associated Press. The wire service reported that Murdough was mentally ill, homeless and had been arrested for trespassing after trying to curl up and sleep in an enclosed stairwell on a chilly winter night.
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NEWS
August 19, 1990 | United Press International
An inmate hospitalized after a riot on Rikers Island died Saturday, and officials were investigating whether the death was caused by injuries suffered during alleged beatings by guards. Inmate Steven Glover, 36, a parole violator, was awaiting a hearing. His death may have been the first as a result of the jail riot, but reports were conflicting and incomplete about the cause of his death and whether he was beaten.
OPINION
September 13, 2013 | By Rayya Elias
"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I got clean, I spent many years in and out of jails and correctional institutions. I did a short stint at New York City's Rikers Island in 1995, and participated in a six-month alternative-to-incarceration program administered by the Women's Prison Assn.
OPINION
September 13, 2013 | By Rayya Elias
"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I got clean, I spent many years in and out of jails and correctional institutions. I did a short stint at New York City's Rikers Island in 1995, and participated in a six-month alternative-to-incarceration program administered by the Women's Prison Assn.
NEWS
November 15, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A convict was charged with the slayings of two New York City police officers whose failure to follow regulations proved fatal, authorities said. Stoney Harrison, 25, was arrested late Monday after the shooting of Detectives Keith L. Williams, 34, an eight-year veteran, and Richard J. Guerzon, 46, a 20-year veteran, as they drove him to Rikers Island jail.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
A correction officer pleaded guilty to playing a role in the theft of a Salvador Dali painting from Rikers Island jail, prosecutors said. Under the terms of Monday's plea agreement, Timothy Pina, 45, will be sentenced to five years of probation and will resign from his job, Bronx Dist. Atty. Robert Johnson said.
NATIONAL
December 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
One of the nation's few jail dormitories specifically for gay or transgender prisoners is closing on Rikers Island, prompting complaints from some activists who say it is a needed safe haven. The unit stopped accepting inmates last month at the direction of Department of Correction Commissioner Martin Horn. With 56 inmates left in the unit Thursday, it could be shut entirely in the next few weeks, the department said.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
With prisoners sleeping on floors and a federal judge threatening to release inmates to reduce overcrowding, municipal judges were ordered Monday to open a special court inside New York City's biggest jail to speed sentencing so inmates can be shifted to state prisons. In addition, Sol Wachtler, chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, reassigned half the city's civil court judges to criminal trials and asked other justices to defer vacations. Soaring drug arrests coupled with increases in other crimes are straining New York's criminal justice system.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Shorn of his job and much of his reputation, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to walk out of jail Friday and into house arrest after a judge approved $1-million bail and $5-million bond while the French political celebrity fights charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel chambermaid. Prosecutors said Thursday that a grand jury had voted to press charges against Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who had been considered a leading contender to be the next president of France, on four felony counts and three misdemeanors stemming from a weekend incident at the Sofitel hotel in New York.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Shorn of his job and much of his reputation, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to walk out of jail Friday and into house arrest after a judge approved $1-million bail and $5-million bond while the French political celebrity fights charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel chambermaid. Prosecutors said Thursday that a grand jury had voted to press charges against Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who had been considered a leading contender to be the next president of France, on four felony counts and three misdemeanors stemming from a weekend incident at the Sofitel hotel in New York.
NATIONAL
December 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
One of the nation's few jail dormitories specifically for gay or transgender prisoners is closing on Rikers Island, prompting complaints from some activists who say it is a needed safe haven. The unit stopped accepting inmates last month at the direction of Department of Correction Commissioner Martin Horn. With 56 inmates left in the unit Thursday, it could be shut entirely in the next few weeks, the department said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
A correction officer pleaded guilty to playing a role in the theft of a Salvador Dali painting from Rikers Island jail, prosecutors said. Under the terms of Monday's plea agreement, Timothy Pina, 45, will be sentenced to five years of probation and will resign from his job, Bronx Dist. Atty. Robert Johnson said.
NEWS
May 10, 1998 | ROBERT TANNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The painting hangs on a wall between a soda machine and a trio of pay phones. Guards hurry past to the water fountain or the bathroom. Down the hall, behind locked doors, thieves and drug dealers clamor in their cells. This is no art gallery. It's a place for hard time. But there it is, a forgotten footnote in the art world. Capt.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | VERENA DOBNIK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Abdul Singleton got his job the hard way--in jail. Singleton, an 18-year-old with a gentle smile, was serving an eight-month term at Rikers Island for selling drugs and for "traffic directing"--pointing customers toward the pushers. It was his third arrest: "I never wanted to be out there selling drugs, but I couldn't get a job."
NEWS
August 19, 1990 | United Press International
An inmate hospitalized after a riot on Rikers Island died Saturday, and officials were investigating whether the death was caused by injuries suffered during alleged beatings by guards. Inmate Steven Glover, 36, a parole violator, was awaiting a hearing. His death may have been the first as a result of the jail riot, but reports were conflicting and incomplete about the cause of his death and whether he was beaten.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | VERENA DOBNIK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Abdul Singleton got his job the hard way--in jail. Singleton, an 18-year-old with a gentle smile, was serving an eight-month term at Rikers Island for selling drugs and for "traffic directing"--pointing customers toward the pushers. It was his third arrest: "I never wanted to be out there selling drugs, but I couldn't get a job."
NEWS
May 10, 1998 | ROBERT TANNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The painting hangs on a wall between a soda machine and a trio of pay phones. Guards hurry past to the water fountain or the bathroom. Down the hall, behind locked doors, thieves and drug dealers clamor in their cells. This is no art gallery. It's a place for hard time. But there it is, a forgotten footnote in the art world. Capt.
NEWS
November 15, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A convict was charged with the slayings of two New York City police officers whose failure to follow regulations proved fatal, authorities said. Stoney Harrison, 25, was arrested late Monday after the shooting of Detectives Keith L. Williams, 34, an eight-year veteran, and Richard J. Guerzon, 46, a 20-year veteran, as they drove him to Rikers Island jail.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
With prisoners sleeping on floors and a federal judge threatening to release inmates to reduce overcrowding, municipal judges were ordered Monday to open a special court inside New York City's biggest jail to speed sentencing so inmates can be shifted to state prisons. In addition, Sol Wachtler, chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, reassigned half the city's civil court judges to criminal trials and asked other justices to defer vacations. Soaring drug arrests coupled with increases in other crimes are straining New York's criminal justice system.
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