Families of Inmates: A Photographer’s Focus at Rikers Island

Every day an estimated 1,500 family members and friends of those incarcerated on New York’s Rikers Island visit their loved ones. For several months, photographer Salvador Espinoza rode the bus back and forth, documenting the stories of these people.

Young People Protest Trump’s Immigration Order

Carley Moore, author and clinical professor of liberal studies at NYU, is not surprised that young people are taking the lead.

“There’s a lot of trauma right now in the classroom,” said Moore, who teaches a course on youth activism. “But students have always been activists and they will always be activists.”

Remaking a Life: Inside and Out

I had been accused of a serious crime at the age of 17, and because the courts wanted to charge me as an adult instead of as a minor, I was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life instead of life until I was 25.

Bookstore’s Closing Leaves Bronx Residents Disrupted and Nostalgic

At the end of the year, Barnes & Noble in the Bronx will close, leaving a borough of more than 1.4 million people without a general-interest bookstore. “In poorer neighborhoods, those Barnes & Nobles are a centerpiece. Children begin to understand that reading is a very important part of life by seeing other people reading,” said Susan Neuman, a professor of literacy development at New York University.

Barry Krisberg on Where Juvenile Justice Goes From Here Under a Trump Administration

Barry Krisberg has been advocating for progressive reform in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems since the late 1960s. He has seen the pendulum swing back and forth.
What does he say now?
“I think we’re moving into a nightmarish period in terms of the federal role in criminal justice.”

Sailing through Memory

My mind is somewhat of a junkyard, full of twisted metal and lost souls, and I sweat as I run from demons that pose as guilty pleasures. My future looks close, yet far, like a regatta waiting for me at bay.