On Lockdown: Life Inside Clinton Correctional Facility, Post Escape

Andy Cush · 06/12/15 11:20AM

When Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility over the weekend, they left behind roughly 3,000 inmates. According to one of those inmates, life on the inside has been considerably more difficult since their dramatic exit.

Rikers Island Surveillance Footage Shows Guard Beating Handcuffed Teen

Andy Cush · 04/23/15 01:11PM

Violence, inflicted by guards and among prisoners, is simply part of the fabric of daily life at Rikers Island. Thanks to tireless reporting by the likes of Michael Winerip and Michael Schwartz at the New York Times, we know this, but we know it in an abstract sense—told through broad statistics and quoted anecdotes. Here’s what it actually looks like.

Prison Reform at Rikers Island Is a Total Sham So Far

Andy Cush · 02/23/15 02:41PM

Over the past several months, as the culture of brutality at Rikers Island has become harder and harder to ignore, New York's corrections department has gestured toward reform. Incompetent officials resigning, thuggish guards punished when in the past they'd be given high fives and told to keep their mouths shut. We know there's a problem, officials are saying, but we're making it better. Don't believe them.