The mother of a mentally ill and diabetic inmate who died after spending seven days locked inside a Rikers Island jail cell announced Wednesday that she had filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
New York City’s jail commissioner has detailed proposed reforms to the problem-plagued Rikers Island jail complex in the wake of increased scrutiny and a scathing federal review.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Thursday.
Federal reports called Finkle’s investigation division ineffectual, understaffed and biased in favor of correction officers.
The New York City Council has passed a bill that would force correction officials to regularly publish information about Rikers Island inmates in solitary confinement.
“Personal injury correction facility claims against the Department of Correction rose 37 percent between this year and last year, and have risen 114 percent since 2009,” City Comptroller Scott Stringer said.
News of the unrest comes as the city reviews procedures at the correctional facility and lines up changes suggested by the federal government.
A group of parents is demanding charges and indictments be brought against Rikers Island correction officers who allegedly beat inmates.
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.
A group of young people at the Rikers Island jail complex received some words of encouragement Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J.
Two New York City correction officers were charged Tuesday with trafficking cocaine and smuggling oxycodone and contraband into the Rikers Island jail complex.
A Rikers Island inmate has been located and re-apprehended, a week after being released from the jail facility by mistake last week.
Disciplinary action may be forthcoming after a prisoner was released from Rikers Island by mistake.
An Occupy Wall Street activist convicted of one of the few felonies coming out of the protests and released from prison Wednesday said she is even more committed to activism after serving 58 days.
Investigators on Monday searched about 75 locations at Rikers Island Monday for drugs, contraband and weapons as part of a probe into violence and other criminality.