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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 […]

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New Council Members Assail Adams’ Plan to Restore Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

The progressive contingent of the incoming, new-look City Council launched its first shot against Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Monday, targeting his vow to bring back solitary confinement in city jails. “Solitary confinement is considered by the United Nations, human rights organizations, and medical and mental health experts to be a form of torture,” reads a […]

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Adams Vows to Bring Solitary Confinement Back to Rikers Island, Scrapping Reforms

When scores of city correction officers rallied against proposed jail reforms in front of the bridge leading to Rikers Island last summer, they chanted “Bring back the box!” — referring to solitary confinement.  On Thursday, Mayor-elect Eric Adams promised to do so.  People in city jails who are violent will be put in so-called punitive […]

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De Blasio’s Order to Delay Solitary Confinement Reforms Over Rikers Chaos Slammed

Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed planned limits on solitary confinement amid Rikers Island chaos — drawing a rebuke Tuesday from the sister of the woman whose death galvanized the push to end inmate isolation in city jails.  “He disgusts me as a leader,” said Melania Brown, whose sister, Layleen Polanco, died at Rikers on June […]