Arrests made during Rikers Island protest

Protesters say the jail has a history of

Protesters say the jail has a history of inmate abuse and corruption. (October 23, 2015 4:55 PM)

Protesters gathered in Queens Friday to call for Rikers Island to be shut down.

At least a dozen people were arrested outside the entrance of the city jail during a sit-in demonstration. Protesters say there is ongoing abuse of inmates and corruption behind the iron gates.

In a response, the mayor's office says the city's Department of Corrections "is undertaking dramatic reforms to...

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