Pitch and Map (Rikers Island)

Today, Rikers Island has an average of 10,000 inmates per day. The first step of mayor de Blasio’s plan for closing the prison facility is to reduce the population by 56%, building and renovating other smaller facilities in each of the boroughs except Staten Island. Potential sites currently…

Observations on 128th st. NYPD Precinct (Rikers Island)

As part of the research on Rikers Island, today I visited the 128th Street NYPD precinct in Central Harlem. Our group understand that by observing other correctional facilities we can collect information about the criminal system in New York. The first interesting point about this building is its location in…

POLICE PRECINCT // 1HR Site Survey

Our site being Riker's Island proved difficult to gain access to for site analysis. As an extension of the criminal justice system at large, we feel that local police precincts act as the dispersed parts of Riker's. My site visit took place at the intersection of 146th st and 8th…

Leah Meisterlin, Interview.

Leah: A huge distinction to realize is that rikers is not a prison, so the majority of them have not been disenfranchised, some are there for a few weeks, even those who are sentenced at rikers those by and larger are sentences are under a year, or else they would…

Rikers Island

Riker's island is located within census tract 1 of the Bronx - in fact it is the only piece of land within that tract therefore all information about this tract pertains directly to the inmates at the facility. This bar graph is an analysis of the population of Riker's as…

Riker's Island, Initial Research

One of the interesting aspects of Rikers Island is its history as it’s related to substandard human treatment since the beginning of the 19th Century, when it was owned by the magistrate, Richard Riker. Riker would use his power to abuse the “Fugitive Slaves Act”, which would allow free…

RIKERS ISLAND // Prelim Research

One of the interesting aspects of Riker’s Island is its history being related to substandard human treatment since the beginning of 19th century, when it was owned by the magistrate Richard Riker’s. Riker’s would use his power to abuse of the “Fugitive Slaves Act”, which would allow…