Rikers Island

The plan to transform Rikers into a green energy hub has missed two key deadlines, leading City Council members to question the mayor’s commitment.
When THE CITY highlighted Kareem Mayo’s plight — stuck in jail after being freed from a two-decade stint on murder charges — officials started making calls and got him sprung.
Kareem Mayo should be happily back home with his grandkids right now but administrative delays over leg-monitor paperwork have him stewing in Rikers.
In a combative appearance, Louis Molina denied there was a problem at the Department of Corrections, despite the collapse of the LGBTQ+ Affairs unit under his tenure.
A decade ago, New York City set out to lead the nation in efforts to support incarcerated trans people. Now detainees tell THE CITY that they are stranded in all-male housing units, subject to physical violence and sexual assaults.
People who survived solitary confinement at Rikers describe the horrific conditions and mental anguish that extreme isolation can cause. Until recently, New York City had nearly a thousand such “punitive segregation” cells.
A detainee who was attacked on Rikers Island, a former jail mental health counselor, a former commissioner, and a juvenile detention manager: All weigh in on the crisis and what can be done.
Work to shut the isolated jail facilities in favor of smaller borough jails is moving ahead — even as the mayor calls for more people to be jailed.
Public defender groups want the Department of Correction to pay $250 for each detainee denied scheduled treatment at clinics and hospitals.
The officer also asked the woman to cover up her sexual assault by another guard.
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Any court battle over whether control of city jails should be transferred to a federal overseer will have to wait until April, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Thursday.
In a new lawsuit, the family of deceased Rikers detainee Segundo Guallpa allege that corrections officers failed to check on him, and that at least one falsified paperwork claiming that she had.
It’s the latest blow to the troubled nonprofit, which had several workers escorted out of the city jail.
Correction Department Commissioner Louis Molina wants to keep people in punitive segregation locked in their cells for longer — even as Rikers reformers are looking to end the practice entirely.
It’s been slow going so far for a plan that a judge will assess in November while deciding whether or not to take away control of the city’s jails.
Corrections departments in California and Chicago highlight benefits and challenges of moves to place chaotic lockups under outside control.
The ruling, which isn’t binding on other judges but will surely be noted by them, was based on the 2019 bail reform law’s requirement judges consider “ability to post bail without posing undue hardship.”
With the plan to shut down Rikers Island looming, the Department of Correction is prepping for a battle over control of all city lockups.
A new report from the Board of Correction states that “a pervasive issue of insufficient supervision by correctional staff” was a factor in most tragedies behind bars.
Facing three law-enforcement probes and safety complaints by neighbors, the controversial firm that puts former detainees in unused hotels is shutting down the program.