The measure, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.
Hundreds of documents obtained by The Associated Press raise questions about the quality and timeliness of medical care given to at least 15 inmates who died over the past five years at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex.
New York corrections officials say they will update state prison policy to preclude placing inmates under 18 in segregated housing.
After being convicted of assaulting a police officer, an Occupy Wall Street protester who became a rallying point for activists was cleared Friday of charges stemming from another confrontation with police.
In the wake of a scathing federal review of New York City jails, city lawmakers grilled the city’s correction commissioner Wednesday about the treatment of juvenile inmates on Rikers Island.
A federal prosecutor cautioned Tuesday that New York City’s efforts to curb abuses of youth offenders at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex need to go further.
In a decision released Monday, an administrative law judge proposed that six New York City jail guards be fired for the brutal 2012 beating of a handcuffed Rikers Island inmate.
Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the proposed policy change in a memo to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
Authorities have arrested a New York City jail nurse accused of smuggling alcohol, tobacco and prescription anti-addiction drugs into Rikers Island’s largest facility in exchange for payments from inmates.
Amid continued scrutiny of problems at Rikers Island and other New York City jails, Mayor Bill de Blasio said bluntly that the situation in the city’s correction department is very bad.
A federal prosecutor said Monday he was troubled by a news report that New York City officials provided incomplete statistics on violence at problem-plagued Rikers Island jail and warned he may take legal action to force meaningful reforms.
A Brooklyn man convicted in a 2012 home invasion has now been indicted on charges of enlisting a fellow inmate at Rikers Island to “take care of a witness.”
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.