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CBH Talk | Inside Rikers

January 19, 6 pm.

In their new book Rikers: An Oral History, Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau present a stark portrait of the notorious jail by turning the narrative over to those who know firsthand. They spent over two years interviewing the incarcerated, their families, prison officers, lawyers, commissioners, and food workers who speak for themselves in this unflinching narrative of injustice and resilience inside the country’s largest detention complex. Join the authors, former detainee Lloyd Haines, and Sidney Schwartzbaum, former president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens / Deputy Wardens Association, for a conversation about Rikers’ unfathomable conditions and what might, finally, effect change. Moderated by Errol Louis, NY1 Political Anchor and host of Inside City Hall.

Graham Rayman is a journalist who writes mainly about criminal justice and policing. He has won multiple journalism prizes over his thirty-year career. He has worked at the New York Daily News and before that The Village Voice, Newsday, and New York Newsday. He is the author of The NYPD Tapes.
Reuven Blau is a senior reporter at The City. He has previously worked at the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and the Chief-Leader. He is known as the dean of Rikers reporters.

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Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States