Riker's Island

There is a remarkable piece of investigative journalism by Brad Hamilton in the NY Post this morning. It describes the systematic "authorized" violence in the youth facility to maintain control. In essence, the prisoners create a hierarchical system based on beating other prisoners and obtaining benefits such a phone and television privileges.


I mention this because when we see civil unrest here, it is very likely that this type of problem will become pervasive as jails and prisons are overwhelmed with dissidents. The inaccessibility coupled with general distraction will make it very difficult to know what is going on there.

Much the way it was in the.... holocaust.
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