Ex-inmates decry worsening state of New York’s ‘hellhole’ jail

Dominique Strauss Kahn, former Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after being released on bail in New York City in 2011 before sexual assault charges against him were dropped

It’s held disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, rapper Tupac Shakur and ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn: New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison is now under intense scrutiny over the deaths of at least nine inmates this year.

“It’s described as a gladiator school for a reason,” the 49-year-old told AFP, listing another of Rikers’ monikers: “torture island.”

Originally published as Ex-inmates decry worsening state of New York’s ‘hellhole’ jail

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