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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the proposed policy change in a memo to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
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.
Public advocate Letitia James sharply questioned health commissioner Dr. Mary Basset regarding the deaths of two Rikers Island inmates
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.