Inmate Death In Riker's Prison Raises Questions About Guard Corruption

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In August 2008, inmate Christopher Robinson was beaten to death in the juvenile cell block known as "One Main" at Riker's Island Prison in New York.

That wasn't so unusual — Riker's has a history of fatal inmate-on-inmate violence. What got the attention of the press, and then the justice system, was how Robinson's beating was allegedly allowed to happen.

Guards had been running something called "the program," where they allegedly deputized inmates to keep order and beat other inmates if they stepped out of line.  We speak with Geoff Gray, who looked at "the program" in a recentarticle in New York Magazine.

This segment aired on February 16, 2011.


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