Narrator: Tamika Graham

Interview Date: 1/29/20

Partner Organization: JLUSA

Interviewer: Jenny Goldberg

Tags: Rikers Island, Incarceration, Prison abolition, New York City, Oral history, Rikers Public Memory Project, RPMP, Personal history of incarceration, Youth incarceration, First impressions, Anxiety / Stress, Psychological impact of incarceration, Intake, Overcrowding, Violence in prison, Young people incarcerated with adults, Correction Officers, Social interactions in prison, Threats and fears, Coping mechanisms, Sexual assault, Poor living conditions, Defense mechanisms, Network of support, Officers’ abuse, Turtle squad, Rikers history, Abuse of medication, Detainees’ neglect, Insufficient health services, Working after Rikers, Housing after Rikers, Prison facilities, Working in Rikers while incarcerated, Lack of resources/services, Solitary confinement, Police/officers’ accountability, Medical evaluations at Rikers, Emotional impact of Visitation, Impact on outside relationships, Re-incarceration, Housing after Rikers, Going to court, Visitation Process, Reparations, Impact on communities

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