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. […]