Zoom Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island

Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island

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If you are arrested in New York City and cannot make bail, you will be transported to Rikers Island, the nation's largest jail complex, through which more than 140,000 people pass each year. This program provides a rare, inside look at how prisoners live and officials try to maintain order in this mammoth holding facility for those who are awaiting trial-filled overwhelmingly with poor, uneducated minorities who have been arrested for drug-related crimes. The program profiles a variety of everyday jail activities, including such jarring scenes as a cellblock strip search by corrections officers, the story of an AIDS-infected drug user who was born in prison and will most likely die there, a trip to the holding cells for "disorganized and paranoid" prisoners, and the laments of women who will see their children born in jail. An HBO production. (75 minutes)

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Length: 75 min

Copyright Date: 1994


Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island



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