Mary's book

due out soon

           Brooklyn Public Library Announces Winners of Second Annual Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize
                                                                                  October 22, 2016
  Lockdown on Rikers WINS Nonfiction Award !!!
“By taking readers inside America’s best-known prison during an era when its most shocking abuses were largely unknown to the public, Mary E. Buser’s Lockdown on Rikers is both a work of literature and an appeal to the nation’s conscience in the tradition of Silent Spring and The Jungle...” said Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times editor and nonfiction committee chair Charles Duhigg.

Mary Buser's  book, "Lockdown on Rikers" (St. Martin's Press 9/29/2015), is the story of her 5-year experience in the Mental Health Department at New York City's Rikers Island.  From idealistic intern  who was going to "make a difference," to disillusioned assistant chief of the solitary confinement unit, Ms. Buser's journey chronicles life behind bars at one of the world's most infamous correctional complexes.

Since leaving Rikers, Ms. Buser has been an advocate for the incarcerated, especially the mentally ill and those held in solitary confinement. Her OpEd, 

"Solitary's Mockery of  Human Rights"
 was published in The Washington Post on 4/6/2014.

The following are interviews and articles about her book:

The Crime Report - Center on Media Crime and Justice at John Jay College
The 'Misery of Solitary Confinement'
November 1, 2016

Rikers Island: Your Questions Answered - YouTube Video

Rikers 101

June 28, 2016

The Michael Slate Show - Radio Interview - KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, California

May 6, 2016

Varlden Magazine - Swedish Article on Rikers and Solitary Confinement (hint: need to understand Swedish!)

April 2, 2016

The Crime - Closing Rikers: Only First Step in Fixing Justice System Flaws

March 31, 2016

PBS MetroFocus ( - Interview
Ex-Social Worker Talks 'Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York's Rikers Island"
February 23, 2016
Al Jazeera America News Daily  (Video) - Lack of Support for Mentally Ill Convicts
Mentally ill convicts are at a disadvantage while in prison and given less support from the prison system after release
February 5, 2016 with Lichi D'Amelio -The Truth About Rikers
A look inside Rikers Island one of the most horrifying scenes of
American "criminal justice."
December 20, 2015
The Crime - New York's Troubling Proposals for Jail "Safety" at Rikers
November 12, 2015
Student Alliance for Prison Reform - Webinar
October 22, 2015 - "We're dying in here, Miss, we're dying!":Horrors I saw in Solitary Confinement
October 18, 2015
Shelf  Awareness - Mary E. Buser: Mental Health and Mass Incarceration
The Writer's Life
October 13, 2015
Shelf Awareness - Book Review
October 13, 2015 - How Rikers Drove my Innocent Patient to Plead Guilty
October 6, 2015

Wake Up with Tayla Andre - 101.3 FM Boston - Interview

October 2015

Criminal - Excerpt
September 30, 2015

The Morning Show (Wednesday) - Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg 

September 9, 2015    6am-8am    Interview begins 1:12:08