NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City attorneys, a federal monitor and others met Thursday with a federal judge regarding the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island.
While it was acknowledged that new protocols have helped, staff shortages and violence continue to create what was described as a dire situation.READ MORE: Rikers Island Detainees Refusing Institutional Food To Protest Jail Conditions
The federal monitor is urging the hiring of outside security experts to oversee correction officers, but city attorneys said local and state laws could prohibit that.READ MORE: CBS2 Investigates: Why Are So Many Repeat Offenders In Need Of Mental Health Services Back On NYC Streets?
They added that uncertainty around the next mayor’s plans for the jail also had to be considered.MORE NEWS: New York City Leaders Urge Incoming Adams Administration To Address Rikers Island COVID Surge
The judge reiterated the urgency, requiring all to continue negotiating and report back on the progress by the end of the year.