Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene: No Evacuation for Prisoners on Rikers Island

While New York waits for Hurricane Irene, some 350,000 New Yorkers in low lying areas have been ordered to evacuate, but no such relief has been provided to the prisoners on Rikers Island. Reportedly, said prisoners include juveniles, the mentally challenged and individuals waiting for their day in court:

Rikers already has a pretty rotten reputation, but letting prisoners wallow in half-flooded cinderblock cell buildings would be taking it to a whole new level.

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