Joseph Ponte

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

Feds Sue New York City Over Rikers Island Jail Violence

Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms to address what a Justice Department investigation found was a “deep-seated culture of violence” against young inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex.

12/18/2014

Jerome Murdough

Rikers Island Guard Charged In Connection With Hot Cell Death Of Inmate

New York City Department of Correction Officer Carol Lackner was charged Monday for allegedly falsifying records to make it appear she had completed visual checks of inmates.

12/08/2014

Riker Island (file/credit: Getty Images)

Medical Care Questioned In 15 Rikers Island Deaths

Hundreds of documents obtained by The Associated Press raise questions about the quality and timeliness of medical care given to at least 15 inmates who died over the past five years at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex.

10/22/2014

jail-cell

Report: Cost-Per-Inmate Jumps In Troubled NYC Jails

A new report has found that the taxpayer cost of jailing a New York City inmate has jumped 42 percent since 2007 as levels of violence continue to rise.

10/17/2014

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

Riker Island (file/credit: Getty Images)

NYC Jail Boss: No Solitary For Teen Inmates By Dec. 31

Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the proposed policy change in a memo to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.

09/29/2014

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

Feds: Violence Pervasive At Rikers Island Juvenile Jails

New York City jails holding teenage inmates are extremely violent and unsafe and major reforms are needed, the federal government said in a scathing report released Monday.

08/04/2014

Riker Island (file/credit: Getty Images)

New York City Council Considers Cause Of Rise Of Violence In City Jails

Public advocate Letitia James sharply questioned health commissioner Dr. Mary Basset regarding the deaths of two Rikers Island inmates

06/12/2014

Riker Island (file/credit: Getty Images)

Union Boss Blasts Selection Of Incoming NYC Jails Commissioner Joseph Ponte

Norman Seabrook said Thursday in a fiery press conference that the Department of Correction doesn’t need a non-New Yorker known as a reformer to run city jails.

04/03/2014