RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL – From Bill Moyers and a team of producers that includes Judy Doctoroff, Marc Levin, Mark Benjamin and Rolake Bamgbose, comes the first film to focus exclusively on former detainees who were held at Rikers Island. Their searing testimonials about the deep-seated culture of systemic violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious NYC jail for decades add a powerful authentic voice to investigative journalism that has reported on violence and abuses at the jail. Exploring issues that are all too common at jails across America, the film opens a window on the human toll of mass incarceration.
RIKERS premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival and on Thirteen/WNET in November, 2016. With a new introduction by Bill Moyers, RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL was broadcast by PBS stations in Spring, 2017. Hundreds of screening events continue to take place across the country. Learn more.