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.
Statistics show inmate stabbings and slashings are up this year at Rikers, with six incidents so far this month, 1010 WINS reported.
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.
New York City lawmakers have peppered city officials and company executives with questions about the quality of health care at Rikers Island jails.
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.
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.
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.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is using her first State of the City address to call for criminal justice reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has ended its longstanding practice of sending 16- and 17-year-old inmates to solitary confinement for breaking rules.
A New York City jail correction officer has been convicted of a civil rights charge after a jury concluded he ignored the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate who had swallowed a toxic soap ball.