Jennifer Gonnerman reports on Rikers Island, "home to 80 percent of its 14,600 or so inmates, with nine jails for men and one for women." The in-depth article details life in these jails and illustrates the difference between men and women behind bars. In addition, the article provides insight into punishment, discipline structure and morale in this multi-million dollar jail system through interviews with wardens, commissioners and inmates. Gonnerman also examines issues including violence, gangs, suicide, pregnancy and retention.
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