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New NYC Jails Commissioner to Be Named, as Possible Rikers Receivership Looms

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 […]

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Legal Budtender Is Home After Three Weeks in Rikers on Pot Charges

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 […]