1957 Aerial View of Rikers Island (http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nysarchivesbrowse/nysarchivesbrowse1.html)
Bronx, located in the
Take the MTA Q101
Riker’s Island was purchased by
With a population greater than the entire prison systems of thirty-five states, 92% of which are Black and Latino and 75% of whom return to
Prisons and jails have therefore become highly racialized and stigmatized spaces. They are the ultimate representation of what is a non-white space, with “the ideal of pure and homogenous space through exclusiveness, exclusivity, and homogeneity.” The representation of prisons as a wholly un-pure space maintains that it is also very much a black space.
- Josefina Peralta and Tiffany Chang
Barth, Kodi. “City of Jails.” http://www.nyc24.org/2003/islands/zone2/rikershistory.html.
Flateau, John. 2002. The Prison Industrial Complex Race, Crime & Justice in
Wynn, Jennifer. 2001. Inside Rikers Stories from the World's Largest Penal Colony.
George Lipsitz, “The Racialization of Space and the Spatialization of Race.” Landscape Journal 26:1 (2007)