November 01, 2012

Inside Rikers: The Social Impact of Mass Incarceration in the Twenty-First Century

By Jennifer R. Wynn

I first entered Rikers Island in 1991 as a journalist to interview a prisoner. Although Rikers Island lies just six miles from midtown Manhattan, it took me one subway ride, two buses, clearance through numerous metal detectors, and two pat frisks before I arrived in the visiting room of the world’s largest penal colony—nearly two hours later. I swore I would never return.

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