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Chaotic Inmate-Attack Rikers Training Drill Sends Nonprofit Staffer to ER

A worker with the Osborne Association, which provides inmate services on the island jail, was overcome by pepper spray after a terrifying surprise training drill with a correction officer dressed up as an inmate.

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Eric Adams’ New Jail Commissioner Pushes Out Acclaimed Head of Investigations

Commissioner Louis Molina on Monday asked Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Investigation Sarena Townsend to immediately step down. Townsend was lauded by a federal monitor overseeing the department, but unions wanted her gone.

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

A letter to the mayor-elect signed primarily by incoming Council members marked a preview of the dynamic between a band of rookie, mostly progressive lawmakers and Adams, a former cop whose crime-fighting promises helped get him elected.

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Time’s Up for Reform-Minded NYC Jails Boss Who Clashed With Unions: Sources

Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi took the job running chaotic Rikers Island and other lockups in May hoping he would last beyond the de Blasio administration to see his policy changes through. But Mayor-elect Adams is replacing him.

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Rikers Report Calls 2021 ‘Most Dangerous Year’ Amid Escalating Jailhouse Violence

The federal monitor overseeing city jails decried a "system that is rife with violence and disorder" as Rikers Island reels from chaos. It’s the worst year since the overseer was appointed in 2015, according to his latest dispatch.

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PHOTOS: Inside Brooklyn’s Infamous House of Detention Jail

As plans to close chaotic Rikers Island slowly turn, the Atlantic Avenue lockup is already empty and awaiting demolition. THE CITY toured the old jail and found eerie signs of the building’s 65-year history of holding countless detainees.

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How Can NYC End Rikers Island Chaos? We Asked Four People on the Front Lines

A mother whose son died behind bars, a top jail supervisor, the city’s former head of criminal justice and a recently released detainee weigh in on the crisis — and what can be done amid growing violence and staff absences.

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Hear No Evil: De Blasio Visits Rikers But Doesn’t Talk to Detainees or Guards

The mayor took what one critic called a "sugar-coated" tour through the chaos-plagued jail complex Monday — marking his first visit in four years to the "nightmarish" lock-up.

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After NYC Jail Officials Ignored Suicide Prevention Plan, Five Detainees Took Their Own Lives

A federal monitor’s latest damning dispatch landed as local members of Congress called on President Biden to stem the chaos at Rikers Island. Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio promised to visit the beleaguered jail for the first time in four years.

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New Death Rocks Rikers Island as De Blasio Targets Correction Officers’ Union With Huge Fines

Isaabdul Karim became the 11th detainee to die this year at Rikers, which has been roiled by inhumane conditions as staff outages reach 1,800 a day. The city is suing to make the union pay $1 million for every day of massive absences.

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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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Rikers Island Guard’s Desertion of Post Led to Detainee’s Death, Family Alleges

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Self-Harm Is Exploding In New York City Jails, Internal Numbers Show

Self-harm — including suicides — at Rikers Island and other local lockups spiked last summer as COVID-19 ravaged New York, figures obtained by WNYC/Gothamist and THE CITY show. The rate’s climbed to historic levels in the months since.

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Could Cuomo Face Jail Time Following Attorney General’s Harassment Report?

At least two of the cases detailed in AG Letitia James’ damning 168-page report fall within the two-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor forcible touching or third-degree sexual assault, legal experts say. One criminal probe is already underway.

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Rikers Detainee Endured ‘Horrible Conditions’ Before Dying in Cell, Jails Overseer Finds

Missing blankets and sheets. No pillows. Limited food and exercise. That’s what a new father jailed on a parole violation stemming from a shoplifting arrest faced before becoming the first of three men to die at Rikers since April.

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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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Hundreds of New City Jail Officers for Rikers Put Detainee Advocates on Guard

Rikers Island and other city lockups employ five officers for every three incarcerated people. As some call for a reduction in officers, the City Council okays a budget plan that boosts the ranks by 400.

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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.

Bronx Woman Mourns Son Who Died at Rikers as Cellmate Says Help was Slow to Come

Jose Mejia Martinez became the third person jailed on a parole violation to die at the city jail since April. Another detainee told THE CITY a jail officer didn’t immediately get medical help for the ailing man, remembered by his mother as "very caring."

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Another Man Died at Rikers as Lawmakers Voted on Parole Bill that Might Have Saved Him

Jose Mejia Martinez succumbed after an arrest for stealing beer triggered a parole violation. It marked the third such death at Rikers Island since April. The bill passed Thursday would help parolees avoid returning to jail.