Inmates from Rikers Island ran to help victims of a plane crash and received reduced sentences

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Rikers Island is New York City‘s main jail complex , the island is home to one of the world’s largest correctional institutions and mental institutions. In 1957, Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashed onto Rikers Island shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport, killing 20 and injuring 78 out of a total of 95 passengers and 6 crew. Shortly after the crash, department personnel and inmates alike ran to the crash in order to help survivors. As a result of their actions, of the 57 inmates who assisted with the rescue effort, 30 were released and 16 received a reduction of six months by the N.Y.C. Parole Board.

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