Joseph Ponte

De Blasio Defends Jails Commissioner Ponte After Daily News SlamMayor Mill de Blasio defended his corrections commissioner Monday, after a New York Daily News editorial called for his ouster following a record-breaking month of inmate violence in city lockups.
Mom Sues After Inmate Son Kills Himself At RikersQuannell Offley, who died Dec. 3, 2013, just days after using a bedsheet tied from an air vent to commit suicide, needed mental health treatment but was instead ignored, a lawyer for Desdemona Offley said Wednesday.
Jail Boss Fires 6 NYC Guards In 2012 Inmate BeatingJail investigators found Robert Hinton, with his arms tied and legs shackled, suffered a broken nose and other injuries for refusing to be escorted in a now-shuttered solitary confinement dorm for mentally ill inmates.
Feds Sue New York City Over Rikers Island Jail ViolenceFederal 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.
Rikers Island Guard Charged In Connection With Hot Cell Death Of InmateNew 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.
Medical Care Questioned In 15 Rikers Island DeathsHundreds 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.
Report: Cost-Per-Inmate Jumps In Troubled NYC JailsA 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.
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.
NYC Jail Boss: No Solitary For Teen Inmates By Dec. 31Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the proposed policy change in a memo to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
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.
New York City Council Considers Cause Of Rise Of Violence In City JailsPublic advocate Letitia James sharply questioned health commissioner Dr. Mary Basset regarding the deaths of two Rikers Island inmates
Union Boss Blasts Selection Of Incoming NYC Jails Commissioner Joseph PonteNorman 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.