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[Photos] Homeless After Class

While many university students were concerned about parking or trying to avoid long lines to get their books, Jalyn was trying to find a place to live. She and her family have been homeless since the summer of 2012. Some days she is able to eat twice a day, others only once. Her financial aid was put on hold because she has not been able to confirm a home address in Georgia.

Reporter’s Notebook: Life on the Island

Rikers Island

When you step off the Q100 bus on Rikers Island, the scent of saltwater hangs in the air, at least in warm-weather months. Within a few feet, however, you’re staring at cement on cement and inhaling some combination of cigarettes, steaming blacktop and too many people. Continue Reading →

When Kids Are Killed by Police

Sedonte Ward Scholarship

On a Sunday afternoon this past summer, a little boy who recently lost a baby tooth stood amid a throng of angry protesters marching their way from a house on East 229th Street through quiet residential streets in the Bronx to the 47th Precinct, where police brass waited behind a metal enclosure. The little boy held a bright red sign, difficult to make out since he was so small. Continue Reading →

Parents Turn Pain into Policy

Sedonte Ward Scholarship

Arlene Ward knew the choice she made that night would change the lives of the young people from the housing projects that define Manhattan’s Lower East Side skyline. She sat in the hospital room where her son’s dead body lay, still warm, a tube jammed down his throat after a gunshot to the chest. it.” Continue Reading →

Teen Is Used to Being Behind Bars, Imagines Future There

Restrictions at New York City prisons and detention centers leave people with few options with regards to securing personal items while visiting inmates. Rikers Island Prison provide a limited number of lockers, and places like the Manhattan Detention Center  at 125 White Street in Manhattan are unable to provide any facilities for visitors. Local doughnut shops , newspaper stands, and a dispatcher for a van service to Rikers Island have come to the aid of visitors that don't want to leave their phones, electronics, and other contraband at home while visiting family, and friends inside the penal system.
A sign at the bus stop for Rikers Island details items that are not permitted on prison grounds.

NEW YORK — Ruben Rodriguez, a teen from the Bronx, is on Rikers Island, waiting to stand trial for homicide. By the time he returned to the Box (punitive segregation) in late September, City of New York Correction Department Commissioner Joseph Ponte publicly promised to end punitive segregation for Rikers’ roughly 300 juvenile inmates by 2015. Continue Reading →

Legal Counsel Key for Immigrant Kids

Unaccompanied minors and their sponsors attend a legal services event in Atlanta in October. More than half of minors show up to immigration court without a lawyer, which can increase their chances of deportation.

To 16-year-old Samuel, the choice to leave his home in El Salvador became very clear. “The gangs were killing my family members, and they wanted to kill me,” Samuel said in Spanish through a translator. “They wanted to cut my fingers — mine and my sisters. And that’s the reason I came.” Continue Reading →