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Lil Wayne's Rikers Island memoir 'Gone 'Til November' is a missed opportunity

Lil Wayne's Rikers Island memoir 'Gone 'Til November' is a missed opportunity

America is home to one of the world’s largest and most notorious penal colonies: Rikers Island in New York. In it sit more mentally ill individuals than all of the state’s psychiatric hospitals combined. Eighty percent of its residents have been convicted of nothing and cannot afford bail; 89% of them are black or Latino. In 2014 one such pre-trial detainee, homeless veteran Jerome Murdough, died of hyperthermia in a Rikers cell that was over 100 degrees. Kalief Browder was arrested at age 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and imprisoned there for three years, sans conviction — then committed suicide in 2015. In addition to these deaths and others, scores of extreme assaults...

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