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List of Famous Prisoners at Rikers Island ranked by fame and notoriety. Rikers Island is New York City's main jail complex and has an inmate population of 12,300. Rikers Island is a jail, not a prison, which means that it holds offenders who are awaiting trial and do not have bail, individuals serving sentences less than a year and people that are pending transfer to another facility. Through the years Rikers Island has been host to many famous prisoners.

Who is the most famous prisoner at Rikers Island. Young Money rapper Lil Wayne tops our list. Weezy spent eight months at Rikers Island after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Another rap legend, Tupac Shakur spent a portion of his eight month jail sentence at Rikers Island. Pac was charged with sexual assault for holding a female fan down while another man sexually assaulted her. Shakur always denied involvement with the incident.

Sex Pistol's member Sid Vicious was sent to Rikers Island twice. The first time after his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found dead from a stab wound in the Chelsea Hotel. Vicious was charged with murder and released on bail. He made his second trip to Rikers that same year after getting in a fight at a NYC nightclub. This time he spent seven weeks at Rikers and was found dead of a drug overdose the morning after his release.

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits ...more

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Age: Died at 25 (1971-1996)

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Poet, Songwriter, Rapper Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, Training Day, 8 Mile

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Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley, was an English bass guitarist, drummer and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in ...more

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Age: Died at 22 (1957-1979)

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer Singer

Credits: Goodfellas, The Astronaut's Wife, Sid and Nancy, The Filth and the Fury

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David Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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David Richard Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in New York City in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, he killed six victims and wounded seven others ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Mark David Chapman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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Mark David Chapman is an American prison inmate who pleaded guilty to murdering John Lennon on December 8, 1980. Chapman shot Lennon outside The Dakota apartment building in New York City. Chapman fired at Lennon five times, hitting him four times in his back. Chapman remained at the scene reading ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, and actress. She is best known for her solo work, as well as numerous collaborations with other artists and her brief stint as part of hip hop group The Firm. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, her father ...more

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Age: 37

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Rapper, Model, Artist

Credits: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Jackie Brown, Ali G Indahouse, Rush Hour 2

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B.G.'z, alongside fellow New ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper Entrepreneur, + more

Credits: Fast & Furious 6, The Interview, The Wrestler, Magic Mike XXL

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Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. A number of his compositions, including "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Doxy", and "Airegin", have become jazz standards. ...more

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Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer

Credits: Alfie, A Great Day in Harlem, Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins: In Vienne Jazz Icons: Sonny Rollins: Live in '65 & '68, + more

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island
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DMX


Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit single "Party Up". He has acted in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 The Grave, and ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, New York, Mount Vernon

Profession: Rapper, Film Producer, Actor

Credits: The Fast and the Furious, Deadpool, Cradle 2 the Grave , Gone in Sixty Seconds

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