Posted inDepartment of Correction

Oversight Board Questions ‘Emergency Orders’ at City Jails

Multiple members of the city’s jail oversight board this week urged Mayor Eric Adams to stop relying on emergency executive orders to circumvent rules to ensure the safe housing of people behind bars.  In November 2021, then-mayor Bill de Blasio first signed executive orders suspending multiple Board of Correction regulations, citing chaos brought on by […]

Posted inMarijuana

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 […]

Posted inJails

More than 15,000 Rikers Jail Video Visits Canceled Since 2020

The city Department of Correction has canceled 15,129 jail detainee video visits since its online system launched department-wide in 2020, straining relationships among loved ones, according to records obtained by THE CITY.  The remote option for people to connect with those behind bars was launched during the pandemic, when in-person visits were blocked to prevent […]