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.
Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the proposed policy change in a memo to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
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.
Advocates have rallied to call for reforms in New York City jails ahead of votes on two proposals addressing the use of solitary confinement.
A new report paints a grim picture of mentally ill prisoners kept in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, and advocates have expressed hope that it leads to action.
After a visit to Rikers Island, City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-25th) has introduced a measure to require the corrections commissioner to post a monthly report on prisoners being held apart from others.
He thinks that he’s acting in a movie. That’s how one Colorado jail employee described massacre suspect James Holmes, who is currently in solitary confinement.