Mayor De Blasio: Building A New Rikers Island Solitary Confinement Unit Isn’t Reformation—It’s Torture


Rikers Island is broken; the suffering New York City’s main jail complex has wrought is already immeasurable. And unless we do something, it will only grow worse—much worse.

New York City Mayor de Blasio has asked the Board of Corrections of the city of New York to approve the implementation of a new unit at Rikers Island called the ESHU—the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit—for 250 of its most “dangerous” detainees. (more…)