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Deal Reached In Effort To Curb Violence At Rikers Island

Federal prosecutors, attorneys representing injured inmates and city lawyers have reached a deal to curb violence at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

06/22/2015

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Deal Between New York, Feds On Jail Reforms Expected Soon

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said Thursday that negotiations between the city and federal authorities over reforms at the troubled jail complex should reach “a successful conclusion” soon.

06/19/2015

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

Rikers Island Guard Gets 5 Years In Prison For Inmate Death

A former Rikers Island guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate dabbed tears from his eyes Thursday after he was handed a five-year prison term by a judge who said the sentence was intended to be a deterrent to others.

06/18/2015

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Guard, Ex-Guard Arrested In 2012 Death Of Rikers Inmate

New York City settled a lawsuit last year for $2.75 million stemming from the death.

06/10/2015

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

Bronx Man, Whose Rikers Imprisonment Sparked Reforms, Takes Own Life

Three traumatic years at Rikers as a teenager for a crime he was never convicted of haunted Kalief Browder.

06/08/2015

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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

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

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

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