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.Why do you think so many members of the music industry spend time at Rikers Island? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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- Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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- Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021), known professionally as DMX, was an American rapper and actor. He began rapping in the early 1990s, and released his debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998 to both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling 251,000 copies within its first week of release. He released his best-selling album, ... And Then There Was X, in 1999, which included the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)". Since his debut, DMX has released seven studio albums. He was featured in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily... more
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