New York City’s troubled jail system on Rikers Island will soon have a new leader, Lynelle Maginley-Liddie, according to two government sources. The appointment — which hasn’t been formally announced — comes more than a month after Department of Correction Commissioner Louis Molina announced his transition to a new role as an assistant deputy mayor […]
Inette Baez has held the secret of what happened to her on Rikers Island for nearly 20 years. She was serving an eight month-jail sentence inside the Rose M. Singer Center in 2004 when, she says, a correction officer repeatedly lured her into a massive freezer and forced her to perform oral sex and raped […]
Jumal George, a budtender at Housing Works’ dispensary, was released from a Pennsylvania jail on Thursday evening. He had spent more than three weeks imprisoned on Rikers Island, in part because of an arrest warrant for out-of-state cannabis charges. George, 33, was arrested during a traffic stop on October 11 while driving home from his […]
An employee of the city’s first legal marijuana dispensary is being held on Rikers Island on a cannabis-related felony charge in a striking example of how pot, despite being legal in New York state, can still drag people into the criminal justice system as it remains illegal under federal law and those of several states. […]
While the Kings County squad has been hailed as a model, critics — and its leader — say the CRU can do better.
The push for increased transparency behind bars comes months after the Department of Correction suddenly stopped notifying the media about fatal incidents in city jails.
A 2016 law directed police to issue civil citations for public urination, open alcohol containers and other quality-of-life violations. Then Eric Adams became mayor.
The incident led to the transfer of the detective, the retraining of two others, and changes in police procedure.
Manhattan City Councilmember Carlina Rivera is among those pressing for transparency amid a record number of fatalities.
Despite a mandate to return funds, the Department of Correction holds $4.2 million for people it claims it can’t locate.