A 2015 Settlement Of Civil Litigation Over Pervasive Brutality Led To The Installation Of A Monitor Responsible For Overseeing The City’s Progress In Adding Thousands Of Surveillance Cameras And Stricter Policies On Use Of Force.

Rare Peek into Country’s Most Populous Death Row AP Rikers is a 400-acre (162-hectare) former dump near the runways of LaGuardia Airport. It is accessible only by a narrow bridge between it and Queens. For decades, the city has sent its inmates there while they await trial, where they’re housed in 10 jail facilities. Advocates for prisoners have been arguing that smaller jails, based in the city’s neighborhoods, would be better able to provide services and reduce delays getting criminal suspects to and from court. SpaceX Successfully Launches Its First Recycled Rocket Glenn Martin, an inmate advocate who has pushed a campaign to persuade the mayor to close the jail, called de Blasio’s decision “a step in the right direction.” “Countless failed attempts at incremental reform have proven that the only viable solution is to close Rikers,” he said. Alcatraz: America’s Most Famous Prison Turns 80 Neighborhood groups and others have resisted previous attempts to build or expand existing jails in the boroughs. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Friday that city officials should be thinking about how to help people entangled in the criminal justice system. “Are we going to give these people another chance or are we going to write them off?” she asked. Callers Saw Truck Driving Erratically Before Deadly Crash: Officials Violence, mismanagement and corruption have been the subject of intense scrutiny by the media and federal prosecutors in recent years. A 2015 settlement of civil litigation over pervasive brutality led to the installation of a monitor responsible for overseeing the city’s progress in adding thousands of surveillance cameras and stricter policies on use of force. Marijuana Stocks Here’s What Gets Left Behind in Uber Cabs Most Often The Associated Press and other news outlets first exposed conditions on Rikers in a series of reports in 2014.

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