Jails

'Resist Rikers Rally' (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

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.

11/08/2014

FILE - A view of the entrance to Rikers Island penitentiary complex. (Photo credit EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

NYC Jails Boss Faces Tough Questions About Treatment Of Juvenile Inmates On Rikers Island

In 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.

10/08/2014

FILE - A view of the entrance to Rikers Island penitentiary complex. (Photo credit EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

City Jail Oversight Board Under Fire For Lack Of Minorities, Mental Illness Experts

A New York City civilian jail oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness.

09/19/2014

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

City Plans To Handle Mentally Ill Defendants With Treatment Instead Of Prison

Citing 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.

12/23/2012

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: AP Photo/Mike Groll, Pool)

Unions: Cuomo Wrong On Juvenile Prisons

New 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.

01/09/2011

Prison (credit: AP)

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.

08/12/2010