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NYC Inmates Call 311 To Report Mistreatment, But Is Anyone Listening?

NYC Inmates Call 311 To Report Mistreatment, But Is Anyone Listening?

The Brooklyn Detention Center (Bebeto Matthews / AP / Shutterstock) Over the course of eight months in jail, Jonas Caballero has earned an unusual nickname: “Mr. 311.” Caballero, 36, tells Gothamist that corrections officers at the...

City Agrees To $380K Settlement For Family Of Rikers Inmate Who Killed Himself

City Agrees To $380K Settlement For Family Of Rikers Inmate Who Killed Himself

Rikers Island. (Spencer Platt/Getty) The city will pay $380,000 in taxpayer money to the family of a Rikers Island prisoner who killed himself after jail staffers took him off of suicide watch, according to the terms...

Off-Duty Correction Officer Allegedly Clocked Nightclub Manager After Trying To Drink & Dash

Off-Duty Correction Officer Allegedly Clocked Nightclub Manager After Trying To Drink & Dash

(Yelp) Update below Police arrested an off-duty correction officer early on Sunday morning after they say he tried to skip out on a bill at a Midtown nightclub, then smashed up the place and punched a...

Off-Duty Correction Offer Arrested After Smashing Pipes In Brooklyn Hookah Bar

Off-Duty Correction Offer Arrested After Smashing Pipes In Brooklyn Hookah Bar

(Google Maps) An off-duty correction officer was arrested early Sunday morning after he smashed several pipes and punched a window inside a hookah bar in Sunset Park, according to the NYPD. Palmenio Reyes, 33, was "probably...

Report: Rikers Island Officials 'Purge' Violent Incident Data

Report: Rikers Island Officials 'Purge' Violent Incident Data

(Flickr user satanslaundromat) Despite a good amount of public outcry, Rikers Island remains a violent hellhole that might be better off closed rather than reformed at this point. And now to add to the violence, a...

Rikers Inmate Says A Guard Sexually Assaulted Him After He Objected To Racial Slur

Rikers Inmate Says A Guard Sexually Assaulted Him After He Objected To Racial Slur

One week after a leaked report exposed Rikers Island's history of failing to address its persistent sex abuse problems, a current inmate at the jail facility is alleging that he was sexually assaulted by a guard after...

Report: Rikers Still A Relatively Safe Haven For Rapists

Report: Rikers Still A Relatively Safe Haven For Rapists

Rikers Island (Getty Images) A leaked internal review has confirmed what individual lawsuits have been alleging for years: Rikers Island has a sex abuse problem, and the systems in place to deal with that problem haven't...

Cops Search For Escaped Prisoner Who Talked His Way Out Of Downtown Brooklyn Court

Cops Search For Escaped Prisoner Who Talked His Way Out Of Downtown Brooklyn Court

Layquan Johnson (NYPD) Police are looking for a prisoner who they say gave jailers the slip in Brooklyn Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday. Layquan Johnson, 22, was in court at 10:15 p.m. and court...

Off-Duty Cop, Corrections Officer Arrested For Separate Drunken Crashes

Off-Duty Cop, Corrections Officer Arrested For Separate Drunken Crashes

(Shutterstock) Update below Police arrested two off-duty law enforcement officers, a cop and a jailer, on Saturday for allegedly driving drunk and crashing in separate incidents. Police arrived at the first crash scene on the Upper...

Public Defenders In Uproar Over Surveillance Cameras In New Staten Island Courthouse

Public Defenders In Uproar Over Surveillance Cameras In New Staten Island Courthouse

This isn't in the Staten Island Courthouse, but you get the idea. (Nick Ut/Getty) Say you're one of the 1.2 million New Yorkers with an open warrant for public urination, stoop drinking, or a missed court...

Rikers Guards Allegedly Orchestrated And Covered Up Assault On Inmate

Rikers Guards Allegedly Orchestrated And Covered Up Assault On Inmate

(Bald Punk's Flickr) Two Rikers correction officers are facing up to seven years in prison for allegedly convincing four inmates to assault a fellow prisoner last January, and then filing false paperwork in an attempt to...

No Touching: Relatives Of Rikers Inmates Protest Proposed Visitation Rules

No Touching: Relatives Of Rikers Inmates Protest Proposed Visitation Rules

(Getty Images) Trina Regis travels from Sunset Park three times a week to visit her husband, who has been jailed on Rikers Island since February. "Physical contact means so much to us," she told Gothamist. "It...

$450K Settlement For Rikers Inmate Beaten & Hogtied By Correction Officers

$450K Settlement For Rikers Inmate Beaten & Hogtied By Correction Officers

Robert Hinton, a 28-year-old inmate who was hogtied and viciously beaten by a Rikers captain and five correction officers in the spring of 2012 —while in solitary confinement designated for the mentally ill—has won a $450,000...

Rikers Inmates Reportedly Stopped Prisoner From Raping Officer

Rikers Inmates Reportedly Stopped Prisoner From Raping Officer

Raleek Young (NYC Department of Correction) A group of inmates at Rikers Island reportedly came to a female prison guard's rescue when a fellow prisoner sexually assaulted her. The inmate has since been arrested. The Daily...

Rikers Island Is Still Rife With Violence & Neglect

Rikers Island Is Still Rife With Violence & Neglect

Rikers Island (AP) Six months after a U.S. attorney threatened to sue New York City for allowing "a deep-seated culture of violence" to prevail on Rikers Island, the New York Times reports that very little has...

Rikers Visitor Successfully Brings Large Knife Through Security

Rikers Visitor Successfully Brings Large Knife Through Security

(Handout) A visitor damn near made it past Rikers security on Sunday with a 12 and a half inch knife tucked into his knapsack. Ruben Cortiez was headed into the facility to pay a visit to...

Rikers Captain, Guards Fired For Hogtying And Beating Inmate

Rikers Captain, Guards Fired For Hogtying And Beating Inmate

The Department of Correction has fired a captain and five correction officers for hogtying and beating a handcuffed, mentally ill inmate in 2012. The inmate, Robert Hinton, emerged from the beating with a broken nose and...

Rikers Officials Vow To Stop Hiring Criminals As Correction Officers

Rikers Officials Vow To Stop Hiring Criminals As Correction Officers

Rikers officials have promised that they'll put an end to their practice of hiring gang members, career criminals and the mentally unstable as Correction Officers. Why does that sentence even have to be written? A chagrining...

Rikers Inmate Dead After Correction Officers Fail To Put Him On Suicide Watch

Rikers Inmate Dead After Correction Officers Fail To Put Him On Suicide Watch

(Gothamist) A Rikers Island inmate apparently strangled himself about 24 hours after a jail psychiatrist recommended he be placed on suicide watch this week—and correction officers reportedly failed to follow department policy. Officials say 35-year-old inmate...

Incompetent Rikers Official Who Presided Over Extreme Violence

Incompetent Rikers Official Who Presided Over Extreme Violence "Retires"

Deputy Chief William Clemons (DOC) At a City Council oversight hearing earlier this month, Correction Department Commissioner Joseph Ponte was asked why his Chief of Department, William Clemons, was not present. In a 2012 internal audit...

De Blasio Will Try Treatment, Not Punishment, For Low-Level Offenders

De Blasio Will Try Treatment, Not Punishment, For Low-Level Offenders

(trekandshoot / Shutterstock) Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to send New Yorkers arrested for prostitution and drug offenses into a new treatment center rather than punitive detention centers that tend to just exacerbate existing issues....

Scathing Report Points To Rikers Cover-Up

Scathing Report Points To Rikers Cover-Up

(Bald Punk) After a sharp decline in fights at Rikers Island, it appeared that the jail was finally handling at least one aspect of its operations correctly. Now, the Times reports that the improvements were not...

New Law Will Force Rikers Island To Be More Transparent

New Law Will Force Rikers Island To Be More Transparent

Outside the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on Rikers Island (Gothamist) After a federal investigation, a lawsuit over the death of an inmate, and a shocking expose on the widespread use of solitary confinement on juvenile defenders,...

Feds: Rikers Island Is

Feds: Rikers Island Is "Lord Of The Flies" For Young Inmates

Rikers Island (AP) A two-year investigation of minors held on Rikers Island conducted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office has revealed that “a deep-seated culture of violence" and an environment in which Department of Correction staff...

At Least 12 Correction Officers Nabbed In Contraband Sweep On Rikers Island

At Least 12 Correction Officers Nabbed In Contraband Sweep On Rikers Island

Rikers Island (AP) In response to mounting allegations of abuse and corruption perpetrated by Correction officers on Rikers Island, the DOC and the DOI conducted an "unprecedented joint, tactical search" earlier today that included 75 different...

How Should The NYPD Handle Mentally Ill

How Should The NYPD Handle Mentally Ill "Criminals"?

After the horrifying deaths of two mentally ill Rikers Island prisoners made headlines in recent months, Mayor de Blasio has appointed a task force to look at the NYPD's and Department of Correction's handling of mentally...

Rikers Prisoner Died After 7 Days In Solitary Confinement

Rikers Prisoner Died After 7 Days In Solitary Confinement

Bradley Ballard at 16 After seven days in solitary confinement, an inmate at Rikers Island was found in his cell naked and unresponsive, covered in his own excrement and with a rubber band tied tightly around...

FBI: Rikers Guard Ignored Dying Inmate's Cries For Help

FBI: Rikers Guard Ignored Dying Inmate's Cries For Help

A correction officer has been charged by the FBI for violating the civil rights of an inmate who swallowed a toxic soap ball and died after the officer refused him medical treatment. According to the criminal...

Homeless Veteran

Homeless Veteran "Basically Baked To Death" In Rikers Jail Cell

Reinforcing what critics call a "culture of indifference" on Rikers Island, the AP is reporting that a mentally ill inmate died in his overheated cell last month. An official told the AP that 56-year-old Jerome Murdough...

Use Of Force At Rikers Skyrockets 240%

Use Of Force At Rikers Skyrockets 240%

Confiscated shivs on display at Rikers Island. The use of force by correction officers against prisoners at Rikers Island has increased by 240% over the past decade, and 40% of the jail's 12,000 inmates have been...

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