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New York City’s Department of Investigation said the jail system’s chief watchdog had listened in on inmate calls with an investigator, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Rikers Tumult Rises: Prison Official Accused of Spying on Investigator

New York City’s Department of Investigation said the jail system’s chief watchdog had listened in on inmate calls with an investigator, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Melvin Van Peebles, the playwright entertainer, put on a special one man Valentine's Day show at the Women's House of Detention on Rikers island yesterday for some 350 female inmates. They couldn't come out so I came in, he said. February 05, 1973. (Photo by Frank Leonardo / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)

Melvin Van Peebles, the playwright entertainer, put on a special one man Valentine's Day show at the Women's House of Detention on Rikers island yesterday for some 350 female inmates. They couldn't come out so I came in, he said. February 05, 1973. (Photo by Frank Leonardo / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)

Rikers Island inmate claims guards starved him, broke his arm #Cronaca #iNewsPhoto

Rikers Island inmate claims guards starved him, broke his arm #Cronaca #iNewsPhoto

An aerial view of Rikers Island (prison island in New York).

The 1957 Rikers Island Plane Crash That Made Inmates Heroes

An aerial view of Rikers Island (prison island in New York).

New York City has settled a lawsuit brought by two female inmates at the city's Rikers Island jail who claimed they were raped repeatedly by a guard, according to a letter filed in Manhattan federal court by a city lawyer on Monday.

New York City settles lawsuit claiming rape at Rikers Island jail

New York City has settled a lawsuit brought by two female inmates at the city's Rikers Island jail who claimed they were raped repeatedly by a guard, according to a letter filed in Manhattan federal court by a city lawyer on Monday.

The 1957 Rikers Island Plane Crash That Made Inmates Heroes - Atlas Obscura

The 1957 Rikers Island Plane Crash That Made Inmates Heroes

The 1957 Rikers Island Plane Crash That Made Inmates Heroes - Atlas Obscura

14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island

14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island

A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges guards on Rikers Island brutally beat a man visiting his longtime partner at the Eric M. Taylor Center because he is gay. Thomas Hamm argues he was

3 more correction officers convicted in beating of Rikers Island inmate | New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

3 more correction officers convicted in beating of Rikers Island inmate | New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently reported on a “deep-seated culture of violence” at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit the use of solitary confinement at the correctional facility.

Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently reported on a “deep-seated culture of violence” at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit the use of solitary confinement at the correctional facility.

For Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals - NYTimes.com

For Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals

For Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals - NYTimes.com

New York City to Pay $2.75 Million to Settle Suit in Death of Rikers Island Inmate - NYTimes.com

New York City to Pay $2.75 Million to Settle Suit in Death of Rikers Island Inmate

New York City to Pay $2.75 Million to Settle Suit in Death of Rikers Island Inmate - NYTimes.com

New York City Corrections Commissioner said that he would fire a captain and 5 prison guards for hog-tying and beating Rikers Island inmate

New York City Corrections Commissioner said that he would fire a captain and 5 prison guards for hog-tying and beating Rikers Island inmate

Rikers Island inmate beat up jail captain

Rikers Island inmate beat up jail captain in August, his second attack against an officer behind bars, records show

Rikers Island inmate beat up jail captain

For Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals - NYTimes.com

For Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals

For Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals - NYTimes.com

Solitary Confinement to End for Youngest at Rikers Island - NYTimes.com

Solitary Confinement to End for Youngest at Rikers Island

Solitary Confinement to End for Youngest at Rikers Island - NYTimes.com