Rikers Island Jail

Rikers Island is New York City's main jail complex, as well as the name of the 413.17-acre (1.672 km2) island on which it sits, in the East River between Queens and the mainland Bronx, adjacent to the runways of LaGuardia Airport. The island itself is part of the borough of the Bronx, though it is included as part of Queens Community Board 1 and has a Queens ZIP code of 11370. The jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction, has a budget of $860 million a year, a staff of 9,000 officers and 1,500 civilians to control an inmate population of 12,300. The official permanent population of the island, as reported by the United States Census Bureau, was 11,355 as of 2009.
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    … confinement at New York City’s Rikers Island jail. “Comics have long been pretty powerful in telling stories and shaping opinions, and there’s no reason why we can’t try them out ourselves. I wanted us to have a particular focus on it,” said Fusion Voices editor Anna Holmes. It’s a similar story at Vice News, also focused on millennials…

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