Charging a Bodega Worker Who Stabbed His Attacker Isn't Criminal Justice Reform
A 61-year-old New York City bodega worker recently found himself on Rikers Island—one of the most notorious jails in the U.S., known for its pervasive violence and its drumbeat of death.
The man's alleged crime: defending himself against an irate customer who had attacked him behind the cashier's counter.
Around 11 p.m. on July 1, 35-year-old Austin Simon entered the convenience store to confront the clerk, Jose Alba, after Simon's partner's payment declined to go through for a bag of chips. Simon then came around the counter to Alba's workstation,...