Lockdown On Rikers
Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York's Notorious Jail
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Winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for Non-Fiction
“...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..."
- Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times editor, Charles Duhigg.
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Lockdown on Rikers shines a light into the deepest and most horrific recesses of the criminal justice system, and shows how far it has really drifted from the ideals we espouse.
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.