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

Rikers Captain, Officer Charged With Beating Inmate In Supply Closet

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.

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New York City Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte. (Credit: City of New York)

De Blasio Defends Jails Commissioner Ponte After Daily News Slam

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.

08/24/2015

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

Report: Violence Worsening At Rikers Island

Violence reportedly skyrocketed at the jail complex in July, when there were 21 slashings and one stabbing, all involving gang members.

08/23/2015

FILE -- Rikers Island prison complex (credit: Getty Images)

Exclusive: NYC Correction Union President Blames Mayor For Prison Fire Safety Hazards

A dire warning has been issued from the head of the city correction union — fix the jails, Mr. Mayor, or people will die.

08/14/2015

Delays have been reported in reporting fire alarm and suppression systems in Department of Correction facilities. (Credit: CBS2)

Exclusive: Bombshell Report Outlines Significant Fire Safety Hazards At NYC Prisons

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.

08/13/2015

FILE -- Rikers Island prison complex (credit: Getty Images)

Inmate At Rikers Island Diagnosed With Legionnaires’ Disease

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.

08/11/2015

FILE -- Rikers Island prison complex (credit: Getty Images)

Family Of Man Who Killed Himself After Stay At Rikers Plans Wrongful Death Suit Against NYC

Kalief Browder’s parents filed the notice of claim on Thursday.

08/07/2015

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NYC To Use $17.8 Million To Offer Non-Bail Option For Some Suspects

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.

07/08/2015

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Deal Reached In Effort To Curb Violence At Rikers Island

Federal prosecutors, attorneys representing injured inmates and city lawyers have reached a deal to curb violence at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

06/22/2015

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Deal Between New York, Feds On Jail Reforms Expected Soon

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.

06/19/2015

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

Rikers Island Guard Gets 5 Years In Prison For Inmate Death

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.

06/18/2015

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Guard, Ex-Guard Arrested In 2012 Death Of Rikers Inmate

New York City settled a lawsuit last year for $2.75 million stemming from the death.

06/10/2015

FILE -- Rikers Island prison complex (credit: Getty Images)

Bronx Man, Whose Rikers Imprisonment Sparked Reforms, Takes Own Life

Three traumatic years at Rikers as a teenager for a crime he was never convicted of haunted Kalief Browder.

06/08/2015

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NYC Council Speaker Wants City To Cover Bail For Poor, Low-Level Defendants

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.

04/15/2015

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De Blasio: Clearing Court Backlog Will Shrink Rikers Jail Census

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.

04/14/2015

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