Guards Smuggled Drugs and Razors Into N.Y.C. Jails, Prosecutors Say

The correction officers are accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to sneak contraband into the city’s jails.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corrections-department-nyc, #manhattan-detention-complex, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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When Guards in New York City’s Jails Lie About Use of Force

An analysis of a newly released database of disciplinary records shows that violence by officers continues to be a problem in the system.

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In N.Y.C. Jail System, Guards Often Lie About Excessive Force

More than half of the roughly 270 correction officers disciplined over a 20-month period lied to investigators or filed incomplete or inaccurate reports.

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New York Will End Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Prisons and Jails

Isolation for more than 15 consecutive days will be barred in prisons and jails starting next March after years of efforts to restrict the practice.

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Crowded N.Y.C. Jails Stoke Covid Fears: ‘It’s a Ticking Time Bomb’

New York City released hundreds of people as the pandemic raged. Now jails are full again, and an increase in infections could spread the virus beyond their walls.

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I Got Covid at Rikers. I’m Still Suffering.

What happened in prisons during this pandemic is criminal.

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The High-Risk Group Left Out of New York’s Vaccine Rollout

Virus cases are surging among incarcerated people at prisons and jails. But state officials have not announced when they will be vaccinated.

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As N.Y.C. Jails Become More Violent, Solitary Confinement Persists

Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio has emptied out the city’s jails, the number of people who are placed in punitive segregation each year has remained about the same.

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America’s Monuments, Reimagined for a More Just Future

With colonialist statues being toppled in America and beyond, T asked five artists to envision a different kind of memorial, one that embodies this moment of reckoning.

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Violence at Rikers at an ‘All-Time High’ Despite City’s Promise to Curb It

A federal monitor found that the number of times guards at the jail complex used force against inmates rose 54 percent, even as its population shrank.

#correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #swain-laura-taylor

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The Mayor Blames the Virus for Shootings. Here’s What Crime Data Shows.

Mr. de Blasio has pointed to court delays and bail reform to explain the surge in gun violence. But the N.Y.P.D.’s own numbers tell a different story.

#bail, #criminal-justice, #de-blasio-bill, #firearms, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #shea-dermot-f-1969

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64 Shot, 10 Dead: Spike in Gun Violence Alarms an On-Edge N.Y.C.

The victims included a young father who was shot while holding hands with his 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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17 Rikers Guards Will Be Disciplined in Death of Layleen Polanco

Correction officers failed to check on Layleen Polanco, 27, as she was having a fatal epileptic seizure in a solitary cell, an investigation found.

#clark-darcel-d, #correction-board-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #epilepsy, #new-york-city, #polanco-layleen, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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N.Y.’s Legal Limbo: Pandemic Creates Backlog of 39,200 Criminal Cases

A justice system based on face-to-face meetings has been limping along with virtual hearings, but officials are struggling with how to restart trials and grand jury proceedings.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-defender-services, #chemung-county-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #criminal-justice, #cuomo-andrew-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jury-system, #katz-melinda-r, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #saipov-sayfullo

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Virus Raged at City Jails, Leaving 1,259 Guards Infected and 6 Dead

Correction officers in New York City live in fear of bringing the virus home to families. They say the city has not protected them.

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The Women’s Jail at Rikers Island Is Named for My Grandmother. She Would Not Be Proud.

The inmates at “Rosie’s” are subjected to abuse and, now, exposed to the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-board-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #women-and-girls

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An Arrest at St. Patrick’s, a Struggle for Help, Then a Suicide

A New Jersey man charged with attempted arson was released from jail because of coronavirus fears. But he had to wait to begin psychiatric treatment.

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Getting Off Rikers Island

We spoke to a Rikers Island resident who has the coronavirus. “They are killing us,” he said. “What are we supposed to do?”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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Save a Life From Coronavirus: Bail Someone Out of Jail Today

Covid-19 is an unfolding catastrophe in America’s houses of detention.

#bail, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deaths-fatalities, #immigration-detention, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #united-states, #vera-institute-of-justice

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Fears of Coronavirus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail

Already, 167 inmates and 137 staff members have tested positive at New York City’s jails, including the Rikers complex, which is described as crowded and unsanitary.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #shea-dermot-f-1969

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