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Rikers Island

WNYC News

Clearing Court Backlog is Next on Mayor's List of Rikers Reforms

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Mayor de Blasio hopes to resolve long standing cases and institute better coordination between the city, courts and attorneys to create a smoother process.

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WNYC News

NYC Official Seeks Rules to Stop Sexual Assaults in Jails

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Public Advocate Letitia James will announced an effort to institute broad new rule changes that would amount to a zero-tolerance on sexual assault on Rikers Island.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Commissioner Ponte On Safety at Rikers Island

Friday, March 13, 2015

Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte discusses the 14-point plan to aggressively combat violence at Rikers Island, which he announced yesterday with Mayor de Blasio.

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WNYC News

Mayor to Beef Up Visitor Screening at Rikers

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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The de Blasio administration wants to curb violence at Rikers Island, in part, by placing new restrictions on visitors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Correction Officers' Point of View on Reform

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Norman Seabrook, head of the Correction Officer's Benevolent Association, talks about the work of the corrections officers and responds to some of the issues & reforms at Rikers Island.

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WNYC News

Probe Finds Widespread Problems in Hiring of NYC Jail Guards

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A report by the Department of Investigation revealed applicants were hired despite arrest records and gang ties.

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WNYC News

NYC Jail Guards Use of Force a Record in 2014

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Correction officers reported using force 4,074 times last year, including 406 incidents in September alone.

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WNYC News

City Bans Solitary Confinement for Those Under 21 at Rikers

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

De Blasio administration eases off on young offenders, while imposing a controversial measure for violent inmates.

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WNYC News

Justice Dept to Sue City Over Rikers Abuses

Thursday, December 18, 2014

US Attorney sues city to get faster reforms at Rikers Island. 

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WNYC News

De Blasio Meets Teen Inmates During First Tour of Rikers Island

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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City officials say reforms are already changing life at the problem-plagued correctional facility.

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WNYC News

Reforms at Rikers Often Blocked by Union President

Monday, December 15, 2014

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A New York Times investigation details how the head of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association often undermines efforts to reform Rikers Island jail.

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WNYC News

City to Divert Thousands from Rikers and Into Treatment

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The task force said that 400 individuals accounted for 10,000 jail admissions over five years. It said that 67 percent of those 400 were mentally ill and 99 percent use drugs or alcohol.

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WNYC News

Rikers Reforms Aim to Curb Violence

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Correction has proposed a slate of reforms designed to reduce jail violence.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Held for Three Years on Riker's Island Without a Trial

Monday, November 03, 2014

A teenager spent more than a year and a half in solitary confinement on Riker's Island without ever standing trial. New Yorker contributor Jennifer Gonnerman tells us why.

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WNYC News

Correction Commissioner Grilled by City Council

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte was grilled for more than two hours by council members concerned about the treatment of adolescents on Rikers Island.

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WNYC News

Councilwoman Says, 'Get Teens off Rikers'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Queens councilwoman will call on the city to move teens off Rikers Island. 

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News

NYC Might Stop Enforcing Immigration Detention Requests

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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The city may become one of the largest municipalities to stop honoring federal requests to detain immigrants.

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WNYC News

Prosecutor: Ending Solitary for Teenagers Is Good, But Not Good Enough

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Preet Bharara vows to clean up Rikers Island.

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WNYC News

In Solitary, Inmates Languish, Despair and Attempt Suicide: Report

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A new report details the rough treatment of inmates placed in solitary confinement at New York City's largest jail system, Rikers Island.

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WNYC News

Shadow of Jail Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

Friday, August 29, 2014

As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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