My Three Week Vacation at New York City’s Worst Jail

Welcome to Rikers Island

William Mersey
Doing Time
Published in
22 min readNov 30, 2020

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Club Fed it ain’t. That’s for sure! But after spending a year at MCC federal prison, I was more or less ready for whatever Rikers had to throw at me.

Maybe I got lucky. Or maybe I’m street smart. But Rikers was not the completely threatening place many people think it is. In fact, there were several facets…

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William Mersey
Doing Time

Daily Beast, NY Daily News, Daily Mail, Independent contributor. Old/jaded cynic. Can't code/don't want to know how. Hate artificial stupidity. Call don't text.