14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island People
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14 Famous Prisoners of Rikers Island

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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  1. about... 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 + 4 more
    institution: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Tamalpais High School, Baltimore School for the Arts
    height: 5'10"
    cause of death: Cardiac arrest, Ballistic trauma, Respiratory failure
    place of death: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
  2. about... age: Died at 22 (1957-1979)
    birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
    profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Singer
    institution: Hackney College
    height: 6'2"
    cause of death: Heroin overdose
    place of death: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
  3. about... age: 62
    birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  4. about... age: 60
    birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    institution: Columbia High School, Covenant College
  5. about... age: 37
    birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    profession: Rapper, Model, Artist
    institution: Brooklyn College Academy
    height: 5'1"
  6. about... age: 33
    birthplace: Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur + 3 more
    institution: Mcmain Magnet Secondary School, University of Houston, Lafayette Elementary School, University of Phoenix, Eleanor McMain Secondary School
    major/field of study: Psychology
    height: 5'6"
    medical conditions: Epilepsy
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