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

Feds Sue New York City Over Rikers Island Jail Violence

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.

12/18/2014

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

NYC Ends Solitary Confinement For Adolescent Inmates

New York City has ended its longstanding practice of sending 16- and 17-year-old inmates to solitary confinement for breaking rules.

12/17/2014

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

Correction Officer, Terrence Pendergrass, Convicted In Rikers Island Inmate’s 2012 Death

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.

12/17/2014

Correction Officer Austin Romain has been convicted of smuggling items into the jails at Rikers Island. (Credit: CBS2)

Rikers Correction Officer Convicted Of Smuggling Pot, Other Items

A Rikers Island correction officer was convicted Friday of smuggling drugs and other items into the jail.

12/12/2014

Jerome Murdough

Rikers Island Guard Charged In Connection With Hot Cell Death Of Inmate

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.

12/08/2014

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

NYC Making Changes In Way It Handles Mentally Ill, Drug-Addicted 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.

12/02/2014

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

De Blasio Claims Progress In Reforming Rikers Island’s ‘Dehumanizing Environment’

The mayor says improving conditions on New York City’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex will require deep-seated cultural change.

11/20/2014

Sean Shaynak. (credit: Image via Facebook/CBS 2)

Probe: DOE Was Not In Error When Hiring Brooklyn Tech Teacher Now Charged With Sex Abuse

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.

11/20/2014

Riker Island (file/credit: Getty Images)

Housing Unit For Transgender Women Inmates Opens At Rikers

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.

11/18/2014

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

State Committee: Video Of Rikers Inmate Beating Should Be Released To Public

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.

11/15/2014

'Resist Rikers Rally' (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

Protesters Call For Reform At ‘Resist Rikers Rally’

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.

11/08/2014

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

Probe Finds Porous Security, Rampant Smuggling At Rikers Island

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.

11/06/2014

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Gigi Jordan Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Death Of Autistic Son

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.

11/05/2014

Jerome Murdough

$2 Million Deal Reached In Rikers Island Hot Cell Death

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.

10/31/2014

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

Embattled NYC Corrections Chief Of Department Set To Retire

The embattled top uniformed officer in the New York City Department of Correction announced Monday that he will retire on Dec. 1.

10/27/2014

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