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.
A Rikers Island correction officer was convicted Friday of smuggling drugs and other items into the jail.
New York City Department of Correction Officer Carol Lackner was charged Monday for allegedly falsifying records to make it appear she had completed visual checks of inmates.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects.
The mayor says improving conditions on New York City’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex will require deep-seated cultural change.
Investigators say the New York City Department of Education was not in error when it hired a teacher who has since been charged with sex abuse.
The Transgender Housing Unit has 30 beds. There are typically between 30 and 35 transgender women in DOC custody at any given time, and inmates will be placed in the unit voluntarily.
The New York state Committee on Open Government said this week that Rikers Island jailhouse surveillance footage outside a cell where a handcuffed inmate was beaten by six guards in 2012 should be made public.
Despite a recent change by the city that no longer allows solitary confinement for juveniles, Funkhouser and other activists believe no youths should be jailed at Rikers and that the practice should be banned for all inmates.
New York City jail officials announced Thursday that they plan tighter screening of guards and other employees, after a city investigation found they were easily able to smuggle vodka, heroin, marijuana and razor blades into Rikers Island.
The jury did not find Jordan guilty of the top count of murder, but instead convicted her of first-degree manslaughter as a result of extreme emotional disturbance.
The city on Friday reached a $2.25 million settlement with the mother of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said.
The embattled top uniformed officer in the New York City Department of Correction announced Monday that he will retire on Dec. 1.