A Report on Violence at Rikers Is to Be Kept Secret

A monitor appointed to oversee the jails said the information should be held in confidence so that it is not taken out of “context.”


22 · 16 days ago · Reddit

The judge sounds like an idiot. Let the city and the monitor hide numbers and give a failed agency more time to propose how to "fix" what cannot be fixed and propose reforms that will not be implemented just as is the case with the reforms being suggested, for years btw, by the monitor. The request for recievership should have been granted immediately ages ago.

16 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Been in Astoria a few months. Idk why it's just occurring to me but I'm within just a few miles of what I'm sure are some straight up atrocities. I'm sitting here, comfortable, watching tv, and there's folks in there suffering and fighting for their lives. Awful

10 · 16 days ago · Reddit

A report tracking violence at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City will be hidden from the public, preventing people from viewing documents with statistics about assaults on staff, and incidents involving force against detainees, a federal judge has ordered.

The judge, Laura T. Swain of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who is in charge of the case challenging the city’s administration of its dysfunctional jail complex in the East River, filed the order on Monday evening.

The order will allow New York City’s Correction Department to submit a one-time confidential report analyzing jail data by Feb. 13. Such statistics include the number of weapons recovered, uniformed staffers who are out on sick leave, force-related disciplinary cases and serious injuries to both incarcerated people and correction officers.

Steve J. Martin, an independent court-appointed monitor assigned to draw up reports on the jails, asked in a Nov. 14 letter to Judge Swain that the report remain under wraps.

Doing so “allows the monitoring team the opportunity to analyze data produced by the department to provide appropriate context in order to avoid the misinterpretation or the dissemination of incomplete or confusing information,” he said.

Judge Swain’s decision comes after a court hearing on Thursday on the state of the city jails. So far this year, 18 people have died in the jails, or soon after their release.

At the hearing, Judge Swain put off the request of lawyers for the detainees that she appoint a receiver — an outsider who would oversee the jails. Instead, Judge Swain granted the Correction Department more time to develop its plan to reform Rikers.

Sign up for the New York Today Newsletter Each morning, get the latest on New York businesses, arts, sports, dining, style and more. Get it sent to your inbox. She set a new hearing for April 27 to discuss the status of the jails, and said in her order that she would listen to more legal arguments “on whether alternative or additional remedial relief is warranted.”

In a statement, the Legal Aid Society, one of the groups that represents detainees, said its lawyers were disappointed with the court’s ruling but “appreciate the court’s demand of the city for swift and serious action.”

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She made a similar ruling on Thursday, allowing the agency still more time to implement reforms.

“We have so much more work to do, but we are confident that a receivership would be counterproductive to the many positive changes that are already underway,” Mr. Molina said in a statement after Thursday’s hearing.

A spokesman for the Law Department, which represents the city in court matters, said the agency agrees with the position of Mr. Martin, the monitor, and that “providing raw data without the appropriate context would not represent a comprehensive assessment of the city’s progress.”

“The monitor will also release a public report with full context and analysis in accordance with their reporting schedule,” said the spokesman, Nick Paolucci.

The jails fell under federal oversight in 2015 after a class-action lawsuit against the Correction Department regarding the frequent use of excessive force. The lawsuit resulted in a consent judgment, and Mr. Martin was appointed to issue his periodic reports on violence within the facilities.

Mr. Martin issued a report in October saying that “successful reform will require an all-encompassing cultural and behavioral change among thousands of staff for whom poor practice has been embedded and normalized for decades.”

9 · 16 days ago · Reddit

They don’t want the public to know because it’s way worse then what we know now. For fucks sake how is anything supposed to improve if everything is kept secret

6 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Rikers Island is a humanitarian crisis and a giant got damned embarrassment to us all.

5 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I have family that works as a correctional guard at Rikers. Short staffed, work long hours. It’s game for inmates to attack the guards. He was put into hospital for 3 months after inmate pretended to be “sick.” When they sent in guards and medical team to evaluate he attacked and took down 3 guards. All out on paid sick leave and scared to return. Oh and he’s 6’3” 270 lbs built like a house. One can imagine the force necessary to take them down in gear. It’s a perpetual feedback cycle. Too often people point to those with responsibility as being the perpetrators by not upholding rules (I agree everywhere else), but have you been in a situation with no rules? Where men have nothing to lose? No. While problems must. Must. Be changed for the better, for the sake of all there - the report is clearly being suppressed because the average joe can’t understand how fear, anger and chaos can control a concentrated and dangerous environment. There are no right here. All wrong. But where does it start? That’s how we fix.