Protesters Call For Reform At 'Resist Rikers Rally'Despite a recent change by the city that no longer allows solitary confinement for juveniles, Funkhouser and other activists believe no youths should be jailed at Rikers and that the practice should be banned for all inmates.
NYC Jails Boss Faces Tough Questions About Treatment Of Juvenile Inmates On Rikers IslandIn the wake of a scathing federal review of New York City jails, city lawmakers grilled the city's correction commissioner Wednesday about the treatment of juvenile inmates on Rikers Island.
City Jail Oversight Board Under Fire For Lack Of Minorities, Mental Illness ExpertsA New York City civilian jail oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness.
City Plans To Handle Mentally Ill Defendants With Treatment Instead Of PrisonCiting statistics showing that people with mental health problems tend to spend extended time behind bars for lack of bail money, officials said they aimed to do better at assessing defendants' psychiatric needs and meeting them in the least restrictive setting that's appropriate.
Unions: Cuomo Wrong On Juvenile PrisonsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cast the state's juvenile detention system in harsh, almost Dickensian light as a violation of civil rights existing only to satisfy public employee unions.
City To Reopen Jails In Brooklyn And Queens New York City's correction department says it plans to reopen a jail in downtown Brooklyn, but will forego plans to double its size.