Reunion at Rikers (102.7)

102.7 SYNOPSIS:  Ben and Radd visit Adio at Rikers who tells them that he did not steal anything from the jewelry store where he worked. Radd notices bruises on his face, and suspects he is being poorly treated while in jail.

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Ben gets access into Riker’s Island

Scene switches to Michaela, now out of the psychiatrist’s office, walking in the police precinct’s locker room.

/CELLPHONE RINGS, BEEPS/

MICHAELA: Hey.

BEN: You okay?

MICHAELA: Yeah, bureaucracy. What’s up?

BEN: I need a favor. Know anyone at Rikers?

Adio tells Radd what happened

Scene switches to Riker’s island where the New York City Department of Correction has its main jail complex.

/DOOR BUZZES/DOOR CLOSES/

RADD visits son in visitors area. They are separated by glass, and must use a telephone to speak to one another.

ADIO: [EXHALES DEEPLY] I didn’t believe it. Then I saw your face on TV. Where were you?

RADD: I wish I knew. Who did this to you?

ADIO: Doesn’t matter. Whatever they told you, I didn’t do it. Of course you didn’t.

RADD: [GRUNTS]

ADIO: You always said you have to be a good man. I tried. I have. School, no banging all that. I got a job at a jewelry store on 47th Street. Sometimes, I would close up. One night a month ago, I got jumped in the back room, and when I came to, everything was gone, and they think that I was a part of it.

Father-Son Duo

The scenes featuring Radd’s reunion with his son come with much emotion, intensified by the fact the father-son duo is portrayed by a real life father and son.

SOURCE: ‘Manifest’ Star Curtiss Cook Previews Big Episode Featuring Real-Life Son: ‘It Was Really Special’ (Popculture.com)

Radd notices bruises on Adio’s face

RADD: Adio, what happened to your face is not from a month ago. Hmm?

Rikers’ reputation for abuse and neglect of inmates

Rikers has a reputation for abuse and neglect of inmates, attracting increased media and judicial scrutiny that has resulted in numerous rulings against the New York City government. It is also notorious for numerous assaults by inmates on uniformed and civilian staff, resulting in often serious injuries, making Rikers Island one of the most dangerous places to work. In May 2013, Rikers Island ranked as one of the ten worst correctional facilities in the United States, based on reporting in Mother Jones magazine.

SOURCE: Wikipedia

Radd holds his hand up against the glass. Adio does the same.

RADD: [VOICE BREAKING] I’m going to fight for you, son. [QUIETLY] I’m going to fight for you.

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