Panel Discussion of Rikers: An Oral History
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | HYBRID EVENT | REGISTRATION REQUIRED
What happens when you pack almost a dozen jails, bulging at the seams with society’s cast-offs, onto a spit of landfill purposefully hidden from public view?
Join prize-winning journalists Reuven Blau and Graham Rayman for a discussion of their upcoming book Rikers: An Oral History (Random House, 2023). Their groundbreaking interviews of more than 130 people touched by New York City’s Rikers Island prison complex—from incarcerated people and their relatives to officers, lawyers, and commissioners—create a portrait that calls into question the very nature of justice in America.
The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Wilkins, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Columbia University Center for Justice, with a response afterward from a panel led by Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Fellow at the Columbia Justice Lab. Attendees can use the registration page to suggest questions for the authors.