Editor’s note: This interview was filmed on Dec. 1, 2022. A 19th person, Edgardo Mejia, died at Rikers on Sunday, Dec. 11.
19 people died on Rikers Island in 2022, making this the deadliest year in the jail’s history. New York public defender Olayemi Olurin joins Rattling the Bars to discuss the human rights crisis on Rikers Island.
Olayemi Olurin is a public defender and staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society and an analyst at the Law & Crime Network and The Hill’s Rising.
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