A jail built on a landfill is at the center of New York’s coronavirus outbreak

Mother Jones | Apr 8, 2020 at 10:33 PM
  • This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership.
  • Rikers Island, built on a landfill and surrounded by polluting infrastructure, has long suffered hazardous environmental conditions like extreme summer heat, flooding, and noxious pollution.
  • After seven years of incarceration, Guzman returned home at 24 and has been working and organizing with a campaign to close the Rikers Island facilities and improve conditions within the New York City jail system.