— Raymond Yu
— Candie Hailey-Means
— Ralph Nuñez
— Rev. Hector "Benny" Custodio
— Kathy Morse
— Marcell Neal
IN NYC JAILS
IN JAILS NATIONALLY
I've visited two hundred correction facilities around the country and I can tell you, Rikers is every jail; and every jail is Rikers. I've never seen a film like this before—it is the raw truth of what it is like to be on Rikers Island. As someone who spent time on Rikers as a young person, I found that every single story rang true to me.
Glenn E. Martin
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, JUSTLEADERSHIPUSA
of the detainees in NYC jails cannot
afford to post bail at arraignment
of cases in NYC have bail set at $1,000 or less
PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR OF THE NEW JIM CROW
A beautiful, yet deeply disturbing, film. Very powerful. RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL shows a highly organized system of violence, where people are treated like they are less than human and leave detention more badly damaged than when they entered. How does this make us more safe?
INCARCERATED IN 1970s
You think you know that Rikers Island is a violent horror show? This stunning, haunting film tells you one simple and terrifying thing: You have no idea. RIKERS is a testimonial about one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time.
DR. BAZ DREISINGER
PROFESSOR, ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR, INCARCERATION NATIONS: A JOURNEY TO JUSTICE IN PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD
annual cost for a
detainee in NYC jails
how much local governments spend
on jails across the country