'Street Soldiers' Host Lisa Evers & Fat Joe Head to Rikers Island to Discuss Reform Programs for Inmates

Jenny Regan
Fat Joe photographed on May 24, 2016.

FOX 5 NY reporter Lisa Evers teamed up with Fat Joe to explore the lives of young inmates at New York's Rikers Island for a new episode of Street Soldiers airing Friday.

In a panel discussion featuring the Bronx native; NYC Department of Correction deputy commissioner of youthful offenders and young adults, Deputy Warden Freeman Williams; and ex-inmate Leviticus Mitchell, they spoke about the new programs devised to rehabilitate 18- to 21-year-olds imprisoned at Rikers Island. For many of those inmates who were arrested in the past, they're first-time offenders still seeking resolution from their cases.

"I've heard a lot of horror stories about Rikers Island, and when [Lisa] had an opportunity, I know how positive Street Soldiers is, for us to be in front of the inmates and be with the Corrections Department and everybody get down to the root of the questions we have. What I'm looking for is authenticity," Fat Joe says in the upcoming episode.

Deputy Warden Williams has worked tirelessly to implement new reforms to properly rehabilitate the young adults trapped in the system. "Most of the young adults that come into the system, they already have the gifts, talents and abilities to succeed, you just have to enhance them," said Williams. 

You can tune in Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET on FOX 5 NY to catch the entire episode of Street Soldiers With Lisa Evers.