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Behind the Bars at Rikers

Gila Arnold

People on the outside can’t really imagine what prison life is about — for both the inmates and those employed to keep them behind bars. What’s it like to counsel a murderer, provide religious services to a gang leader, or accompany a drug lord in and out of his cell? For a handful of Jewish professionals at Rikers Island, it’s the challenge of a lifetime. Here’s their story.

 

An End to the Bolivian Nightmare

Machla Abramovitz

When Jacob Ostreicher’s plane landed somewhere on US soil on December 15, it brought an unexpected and mysterious end to his 30-month Bolivian nightmare. Mishpacha’s Machla Abramovitz, who once played an “insider’s” role in the flurry of diplomatic activity to spring Ostreicher, spoke with family members and strips away the veil of corruption that permeates Bolivian society and led to both Ostreicher’s incarceration and flight to freedom.

 

The $98,000 Question

Yisroel Besser

Would you or wouldn’t you? For Rabbi Noach Muroff, the choice to return a huge sum of money was easy: The opportunity for a kiddush Hashem was simply too hard to pass up.

 

NYPD JEW

Barbara Bensoussan

Arnold Wechsler is the man in charge of hiring New York’s finest beat cops, police attorneys, dispatchers, and even the stable boys for the horses. How did a yeshivah kid from Brooklyn climb to the top of the New York Police Department?



 
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