costs New Yorkers $860 million a year to run an island that is
only half the size of Central Park. Yet few can even find it on
11 miles from the raised torch of Lady Liberty, Rikers Island
houses 15,000 or so "special" residents, making it the
world's largest penal colony.
schools, medical clinics, ball fields, chapels, gyms, grocery
stores, barbershops, a power plant, a tailor, a bus depot and
even a car wash, Rikers is virtually a city of its own.