Inside Rikers Island

Event rescheduled for 7:30 on Saturday, January 30

Mary Buser (photo provided)

Mary Buser (photo provided)

Beacon Prison Action will host a reading and discussion with Mary Buser, author of Lockdown at Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York’s Notorious Jail (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Binnacle Books, at 321 Main St.

Buser, a former clinical social worker at the Rikers Island jail, supervised treatment at its Mental Health Center, a 350-bed facility for the system’s most seriously mentally ill inmates. She later worked at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, which was attached to the 500-cell Punitive Segregation Unit, a.k.a., The Bing. She has been an outspoken advocate for the incarcerated, especially the mentally ill and those held in solitary confinement. Before working at Rikers, she co-founded the Samaritans of New York suicide prevention hotline.

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