Narrator: Lorenzo Blakeney

Interview Date: 1/23/19

Partner Organization: Mott Haven Library

Interviewer: Nandhi Honwana

Tags: Rikers Island, Incarceration, Prison abolition, New York City, Oral history, Rikers Public Memory Project, RPMP, Youth incarceration, Generation changes, Rikers history, Rikers in the 70s, Rikers in the 80s, Getting arrested, Going to court, Turtle squad, Gangs, Policy changes, Latin Kings, Añetas, Bloods, Crips, Sexual assault, Correction Officers, Police abuse, Police/officers’ accountability, Coping mechanisms, Defense mechanisms, Network of support, Prison facilities, Poor living conditions, Physical impact of incarceration, Anxiety / Stress, Psychological impact of incarceration, Parole, Working in Rikers while incarcerated, Impact on communities, Lack of resources/services, Incarceration rates, Re-entry, Personal history of incarceration, Re-incarceration, Working after Rikers, Impact on outside relationships

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