Christopher Robbins investigates:
More often than not, it means in a mass grave with 850,000 others in the world's largest publicly funded cemetery, Hart Island. … Prisoners on Rikers Island perform the burials for 50 cents an hour, and the deceased are stacked atop one another, 150 to a pit, in a practice carried over from the 19th century. "Sometimes they dig up portions of earth that already have bodies in them," notes Frank Clark, a former Rikers inmate who now works with PTH. That procedure has been disputed by the DOC, but Clark says he has firsthand knowledge of the practice. "I know they do that, because I worked the detail. It's true."