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The History of Rikers Island: From Housing Dutch Dynasty to Becoming Most Notorious Jail

Rikers Island was named after a thriving Dutch family who settled there. The Riker name symbolizes slavery’s spectral presence in the history of the American landscape. Built on the sweat of indentured slaves, keeping the name in honor of the racist slave owners reinforced the violence that would make it one of the most notorious Read More…

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Defy Ventures “Shark Tank”-Style Pitch Competition, New York State Winner

In a room filled with twenty-five high-powered executives, Robert Cassato gave his 3-minute pitch confidently and smoothly from the stage, north of Manhattan for the Defy Ventures competition. Cassato 44, explained his discovery in the area of Homebody Fitness during the recent Defy Ventures’ “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition event. Defy Ventures is an organization that Read More…

The location of Adirondack Correctional Facility is too remote for most 16 & 17-year-old prisoners to receive regular visits.
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Revamped Adult Prison Coming for New York’s 16 & 17-Year-Old Prisoners

Soon, 16 and 17-year-old prisoners in New York will have their own prison facility. By fall 2018, they will be housed at Adirondack Correctional Facility. It’s located in a popular resort area in the mountain range of northeastern New York State. Located between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, the Adirondacks Correctional Facility in Ray Brook Read More…

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York County Prison Imposes High Prison Calls Charges to Finance Its Operations (Video)

York County Prison has now joined the ranks for one of the most expensive institutions when it comes to calls home. It imposes high prison calls charges to keep its doors open. Inmate Chris Guido and his prison loved one, Keena Minifield, who live in York City, have recently confirmed this. They share their tough experiences Read More…