A jail captain and correction officer at Rikers Island have been charged with assault and other crimes, in the beating of a mentally challenged 18-year-old inmate.
Mayor 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.
Violence reportedly skyrocketed at the jail complex in July, when there were 21 slashings and one stabbing, all involving gang members.
A dire warning has been issued from the head of the city correction union — fix the jails, Mr. Mayor, or people will die.
The report shows dozens of violations that include lack of fire exits and smoke alarms and major sprinkler problems. And the plans to fix all this could extend an eye-popping 11 years.
A Rikers Island inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease this week, but the case is not believed to be related to the South Bronx epidemic.
Kalief Browder’s parents filed the notice of claim on Thursday.
Thousands of New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes won’t face the prospect of raising cash for bail under a plan that seeks to keep such suspects out of the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.
Federal prosecutors, attorneys representing injured inmates and city lawyers have reached a deal to curb violence at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said Thursday that negotiations between the city and federal authorities over reforms at the troubled jail complex should reach “a successful conclusion” soon.
A former Rikers Island guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate dabbed tears from his eyes Thursday after he was handed a five-year prison term by a judge who said the sentence was intended to be a deterrent to others.
New York City settled a lawsuit last year for $2.75 million stemming from the death.
Three traumatic years at Rikers as a teenager for a crime he was never convicted of haunted Kalief Browder.
In 2013 — the most recent numbers available — 16,663 defendants couldn’t make bail of $2,000 or less, according to City Council data. And 6,327 people couldn’t make bail of $20 to $500.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says fixing bureaucratic backlogs in the courts will reduce the number of people locked up in the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.