Rikers Island

Chaining people to desks for educational programs behind bars — in lieu of adequate staffing or training — actually leads to more violence, jail reform advocates say.
The city’s Correctional Health Services is covering up for the Department of Correction’s “incompetence,” the public defenders say.
Manhattan City Councilmember Carlina Rivera is among those pressing for transparency amid a record number of fatalities.
The medical examiner ruled Curtis Davis’ death a suicide by hanging, despite the initial internal report that said he was found unconscious on the floor.
Despite a mandate to return funds, the Department of Correction holds $4.2 million for people it claims it can’t locate.
The fight for control of city lockups will play out in court over the next few months.
A group of city lawmakers toured city jails and touted improvements. Almost all got campaign cash from the union representing jail personnel.
Judge Laura Taylor Swain will hear arguments Thursday for a Rikers takeover, informed by a report that finds ‘little progress’ on recommended reforms.
A 44-year-old detainee from Brooklyn is the second to die in a little more than one week at a Rikers jail for men.
Accused of fatally striking a cop with her car in 2021, the suspect says $1.25 million bail is unfairly high.
How many officers are working double or triple shifts? Without the data, the Board of Correction won’t be able to tell, a member says.
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A year after its launch, the inter-agency team heralded to help reform Rikers Island has yet to issue a single report or update showing its work. Now a key player is leaving.
The devices are designed to improve access to medical benefits and housing for those just released.
Appointed to help improve conditions at Rikers, the federal monitor asks a federal judge to further remove jail management from city officials.
Elected officials, advocates and reporters often wait weeks for news of fatalities.
After an investigation by THE CITY exposed problems with the company’s practices, a proposed three-year contract includes new stipulations — but still no base price list.
Jose Mejia Martinez, 34, jailed on a shoplifting charge, died after multiple correction officers failed to seek medical help for three hours, a federal lawsuit charges.
A court battle over whether control of city jails should be transferred to a federal overseer will begin this summer, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Tuesday.
The monitor decries explanations that just don’t add up about one detainee severely injured and another one dead.
Through a no-bid contract, the Department of Correction turned over its commissary to a company persistently criticized for gouging the incarcerated. An investigation by THE CITY found that it’s charging more than allowed for scores of products.