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How Bad Is Rikers Island Really?

Can a civilized man survive incarceration in NYC’s infamous prison?

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…



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William (Dollar Bill) Mersey

Daily Beast, NY Daily News, Daily Mail, Independent. Top Writer in nothing. Bottom Writer in everything! Curmudgeon first class