I have a new piece in Hard Crackerscontextualizing the
2003 Rikers Island Art Heist, undertaken by four exceptionally brazen – and
apparently, inept – high-ranking jail guards. The story has since been
recounted as a tragicomedy of "stupid crooks," and surely the shoe
fits. But I argue it offers a more fundamental lesson about the nature of truth
in carceral facilities, and its relationship to the violence that structures
daily life for incarcerated people.