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Justice Delayed: City Jail Staff Shortage Keeps Detainees From Getting to Court

"It’s a tremendous problem and it’s getting worse," one public defender said. Meanwhile, advocates derided Mayor de Blasio’s emergency plan to stem Rikers Island chaos as too little, too late — and called for a mass release of low-level offenders.

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Cuomo’s Triumphs and Unfinished Business as He Quits Under a Cloud

The governor arrived in office in 2011 with an agenda aimed at bolstering New York State. Some of his promises — from marriage equality to minimum wage to supportive housing and more — came to fruition, while others remain outstanding.

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Tablets for Inmates: New NYC Jails Chief Presents Reform Plan Ahead of Next Mayor

Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi’s "comprehensive post-pandemic recovery" proposal also covers everything from cutting down on triple shifts for correction officers to fixing broken cell doors.

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Tears and Joy as Rikers Island Resumes In-Person Visits

The Department of Correction stopped visitation last spring at the beginning of the pandemic. Now family and friends of detainees are returning under a new system.

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City Jails Roiled by ‘Disorder and Chaos,’ Feds Say as Correction Boss Quits

Use of force against inmates at Rikers Island and other local lockups hits five-year high, according to the federal monitor appointed to oversee the troubled system as part of a 2015 class-action lawsuit settlement.

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NYC Jail Officers Lash Out at Inmates With Few Consequences, Discipline Records Show

Following New York’s repeal of 50-a law barring release of uniformed officer personnel records, Department of Correction files show 11 officers were disciplined for at least three confirmed misconduct incidents over an 18-month period.

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Family Visits for Inmates at City Jails Gearing Up for Return After a Lost Year

Jail supervisors have begun training staff at Rikers Island and other local lockups on updated pandemic protocols. Some families can’t wait: "My son keeps saying he just wants to give his dad a million hugs."

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Students in Juvenile Detention Finally Being Heard, But Not Seen

Children still can’t speak to one other or the teacher together as a virtual class, and video is limited. Schooling behind bars is one of the issues the City Council is expected to tackle Friday in a hearing on COVID-19 and the juvenile justice system.

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A Brooklyn Grandmother Wants Cuomo to Free the Man Imprisoned for Shooting Her in the Head. Not Even Her Husband Agrees

Carolyn Jones survived the 1996 incident outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant church. But she says she can’t fully heal unless the governor springs David Herion. "I want him home yesterday," she said.

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Families Fear for Inmates as COVID Spike Puts State Prisons on Lockdown

A drastic increase in coronavirus cases at upstate lockups has loved ones and prison critics concerned about health and human rights issues. Meanwhile, New Jersey just released 2,000 prisoners to stem pandemic spread.

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Many Deaths at New York State Prisons Are Preventable, Review Finds

Inmates with most high-profile cases appear to get worse medical treatment amid lack of staff, prison commission reports suggest.

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Woman Who Died at Rikers Island Was in Solitary

Layleen Polanco, 27, was being punished in solitary confinement after being jailed on misdemeanor charges and held on $500 bail, sources said.

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The City’s New Post-Rikers Island Jails Will Be Smaller

The de Blasio administration aims to shrink its four planned new lockups, thanks to a bigger, faster reduction of the inmate population than expected.