Prisoners to Remain on Rikers Island As Hurricane Sandy Heads for New York: UPDATED

UPDATE, October 30, 12 noon: Solitary Watch has received the following statement via email from NYC DOC Deputy Commissioner Matthew Nerzig: “No power outages on Rikers last night. No significant flooding or disruption of our operations.¬† The Commissioner [DOC Commissioner Dora Schriro] spent the night there.” Solitary Watch would also¬†appreciate hearing from families whose loved […]

City Responds on Emergency Plans for Rikers Island

On Monday morning, after our story on Rikers Island and Hurricane Irene, highlighting the lack of any evacuation plan for¬†New York City’s¬†island jail, was widely circulated on websites, Facebook, and Twitter, we were contacted by Sharman Stein, Deputy Commissioner¬†for Public Information at the New York City Department of Corrections.¬†She wrote: “Every¬† single one of the […]

Locked Up and Left Behind: Hurricane Irene and the Prisoners on New York's Rikers Island

“We are not evacuating Rikers Island,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference this afternoon. Bloomberg¬†annouced¬†a host¬† of extreme measures being taken by New York City in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, including a shutdown of the public transit system and the unprecedented mandatory evacuation of some 250,000 people from low-lying areas. […]