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City Councilwoman Grills Correction Head Over Ex-Marine Who ‘Baked To Death’ At Rikers Island

Acting Department of Correction Commissioner Mark Cranston told a City Council committee that a malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the upper-level cell where a mentally ill veteran was found dead last month.


Rikers Island aerial shot. (CBS Photo)

Report: Mentally Ill Rikers Inmates Kept In Solitary At Alarming Rate

A new report paints a grim picture of mentally ill prisoners kept in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, and advocates have expressed hope that it leads to action.


A view of buildings on Rikers Island penitentiary complex (file/credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

DA: 10 Correction Officers Indicted For Beating Of Rikers Inmate, Cover Up

One by one, seven corrections officers and three supervisors entered a plea of not guilty to the 53-count indictment in the beating of Jamal Lightfoot.


Ronell Wilson, on right. (credit: CBS 2)

Judge Rules Convicted Cop Killer Is Not Mentally Retarded

The ruling means Ronell Wilson could once again face the death penalty.


Nancy Gonzalez, Ronell Wilson (credit: CBS 2)

Prosecutors: Correction Officer Pregnant With Convicted Cop Killer’s Baby

Prosecutors said federal correction officer Nancy Gonzalez, 29, was arrested Tuesday morning at her home in Huntington, Long Island.


Emergency vehicles respond following the shooting of an off-duty Department of Correction officer in Queens on March 20, 2012. (credit: YouTube/Chis Rzepka)

Off-Duty Correction Officer Shot In Queens

The 28-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen around 11 p.m. Monday outside the USA Diner on Merrick Boulevard in Rosedale.


Rescue teams on the scene of an accident on the New York Thruway involving a corrections bus carrying prisoners. (credit: CBS 2)

Bus Loaded With NYC Prisoners Overturns On NY State Thruway In Ramapo

The bus was bound for Ulster Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison. The prisoners were being transported there after being held in New York City for court appearances.


Aerial View Of Rikers Island (credit: CBS 2)

Prostitution Sting Leads To Arrest Of Rikers Island Imam

The Department of Correction said Imam Aziz-Ud Bin Bilal was suspended without pay.


Ronald Tackman (file / credit: NYC Department of Correction)

Notorious Prison Escape Artist, Career Robber Ronald Tackman Sentenced

58-year-old Ronald Tackman is the stuff of legend around the courthouse.


Rikers Island Officials Ask Scantily Clad Visitors To Cover Up

The city Department of Correction spent $5,000 on 800 extra-extra-large neon shirts to be worn by visitors wearing gang symbols, swimwear or short skirts, among other attire.


Judge Rules Against Physical Fitness Test For Female Prison Guards In Connecticut

A federal judge has ruled that Connecticut’s prisons department discriminated against more than 100 women who applied to be guards.


An Ignition Interlock Device - File / Photo: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Advances In CT For House Arrest, Ignition Interlocks For Low-Risk Offenders

Advocates of the bill, which passed the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on a 29-12 vote, said it could reduce state prison costs as well as the number of reoffenders.


Bridgeport Community Correctional Institute - Bridgeport, CT - File / Photo: Connecticut Department of Correction

Inmate Found Dead In Connecticut Jail Cell

State prisons officials say a man awaiting trial on attempted murder and other charges has apparently committed suicide in his cell.


Dago Bustillo, left, a Dominican immigrant living in Staten Island, joins a coalition of Latino workers, clergy and civic leaders in a march over New York's Brooklyn Bridge against the Department of Corrections policy to "funnel" illegal immigrants into ICE's detention and deportation program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Advocates: NYC Jails Should Limit Dealings With ICE

Immigrants and their advocates want New York City to limit the information it gives to federal authorities about who’s locked up in city jails.


A Jail Cell - File / Photo: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images

Should Prisoners Get To Read Violent Books?

The CT Dept. of Correction is revising its library policy in the wake of an investigation that found inmates had unrestricted access to works depicting graphic violence.