By CBSNewYork Team

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.

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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.

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They added that uncertainty around the next mayor’s plans for the jail also had to be considered.

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The judge reiterated the urgency, requiring all to continue negotiating and report back on the progress by the end of the year.

CBSNewYork Team