Rikers Island

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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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Ramsey Orta, Man Who Took Eric Garner Video, Released On Bail In Unrelated Case

Ramsey Orta, the man who took the video of Eric Garner in a confrontation with police officers on Staten Island last summer, was released on bail Friday months after being accused of unrelated charges.

04/10/2015

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

Jails Commissioner Ponte Asks For Another $28 Million For Reforms

New York City Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte told lawmakers Tuesday that an additional $28 million allocated to the fiscal year 2016 budget will help fund reforms at the troubled agency.

03/24/2015

One of the new jail cells at Rikers Island jail complex on March 12, 2015. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

Mayor De Blasio Unveils Plan To Lessen Violence At Rikers Island Jail

Statistics show inmate stabbings and slashings are up this year at Rikers, with six incidents so far this month, 1010 WINS reported.

03/12/2015

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5 Inmates Stabbed, Slashed Following Lockdown At Rikers Island Facilities

In the week since New York City jail officials took the rare step of locking down four of Rikers Island’s largest facilities for 34 hours to stop gang violence, four inmates have been slashed and a fifth stabbed, according to jail statistics obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

03/11/2015

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

City Lawmakers Probe Health Care Conditions At Rikers Island

New York City lawmakers have peppered city officials and company executives with questions about the quality of health care at Rikers Island jails.

03/03/2015

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

Quality Of Health Care Focus Of NYC Jail Oversight Hearing

New York City lawmakers are taking a hard look at the quality of health care inmates receive at the Rikers Island jail complex and whether the city should renew a $126.6 million contract with a private health provider.

03/03/2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his 2nd "State of the City" address on Feb. 3, 2015. (credit: CBS2)

De Blasio Welcomes New Correction Officers Amid Troubles At Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday welcomed in a new group of correction officers, without making reference to recent problems that have plagued Rikers Island.

02/13/2015

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

Mom Sues After Inmate Son Kills Himself At Rikers

Quannell 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.

02/12/2015

Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Calls For Criminal Justice Reform

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is using her first State of the City address to call for criminal justice reform.

02/11/2015

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

Jail Boss Fires 6 NYC Guards In 2012 Inmate Beating

Jail 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.

01/21/2015

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

Probe Finds Rikers Island Jail Guards Hired Despite Arrests, Gang Ties

A city investigation into New York City jail hiring practices has found dozens of recently hired guards had gang ties, previous arrests and otherwise checkered histories.

01/15/2015

FILE -- A view of the entrance to the Rikers Island prison complex (credit: Getty Images)

NYC Correction Officers Report More Use Of Force Against Inmates

Reports of force by New York City jail guards against inmates reached record levels in 2014 in the face of heightened scrutiny of the jails by federal prosecutors and others.

01/14/2015

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Prosecutor: 2 Rikers Correction Officers Assaulted Teen Awaiting Trial

Prosecutor Jason Petri told the court the teenage defendant, Raheem Dyer, got into an argument with a correction officer after he was accused of stealing from the jail commissary.

01/12/2015

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