THE MISSION
THE CITY is an independent, nonprofit news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York.
Reporting For
New Yorkers
Articles Tagged:

Department Of Correction

  1. prisons

    Call for Cuomo to Free Ailing Prisoners as Virus Spreads

    Legal Aid lawyers cite a handful of vulnerable, inmates dealing with cancer, diabetes and more as prime candidates for immediate release.

    prisons

  2. jails

    Rikers Inmates Pepper Sprayed for Demanding Medical Care, Sources Say

    Unrest growing behind bars as inmates say their health is being put in jeopardy by crowding potential coronavirus cases with general population.

    jails

  3. rikers island

    The Secret Plan to Lock Down Coronavirus in NYC Jails

    New inmate sleeping arrangements and video court appearances could be on tap if the virus hits Rikers and other local lockups, THE CITY has learned.

    rikers island

  4. juvenile justice

    Federal Monitor to Abandon Violence-Plagued Horizon Juvenile Center

    Bronx youth detention facility with higher use-of-force rate than Rikers will lose key watchdog when child-services workers take full command in fall.

    juvenile justice

  5. justice

    Convicted Rapist Harvey Weinstein May Avoid Time on Rikers Island

    Jail officials are considering shipping disgraced movie mogul to a lockup outside the city as he awaits sentencing, THE CITY has learned.

    justice

  6. the bloomberg way

    Mike Bloomberg’s NYC Jails Record: Drop in Inmates, Rise in Force

    The Democratic presidential hopeful vowed this week to “end the era of mass incarceration.” THE CITY examined how he handled jails as mayor.

    the bloomberg way

  7. jails

    Fines Against City Jail Inmates Add Up to Over $1 Million

    Detainees get hit with a $25 fee per altercation — often leaving family members to pay the tab, which has surpassed seven figures since 2015.

    jails

  8. jails

    Correction Board Seeks Probe Into ‘Misuse’ of Rikers Body Scanners

    The city jails oversight body recommends “an immediate investigation” — citing “risk of radiation exposure” due to a lack of staff training.

    jails

  9. kids behind bars

    Force More Frequent Against Teens At Juvenile Lockups

    Stats revealed at Council hearing where city officials came under fire for a rocky start to a law intended to protect kids who are arrested.

    kids behind bars

  10. punitive segregation

    City Jail Overseer Urged to End Solitary Confinement After Layleen Polanco Death

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, speaking at Board of Correction’s first hearing on proposed limits, says NYC can “serve as a model for the nation.”

    punitive segregation

  11. jails

    City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

    Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.

    jails

  12. jails

    Jail Guards Using Violent Force More Often, Monitor Says, in ‘Toxic Environment’

    Department of Correction cited for violations of court pact to reduce head blows and other pain-inflicting acts by “hyper-confrontational” officers.

    jails

  13. jails

    Layleen Polanco’s Family Accuses City of Stalling on Lawsuit

    The de Blasio administration seeks a delay pending probe into the transgender woman’s death at Rikers Island. Her family is furious.

    jails

  14. jails

    Mayor ‘Interfered’ With Jails Overseer on Solitary Confinement, Member Charges

    Dr. Robert Cohen of the Board of Correction alleges delay of a planned vote to limit punitive segregation is part of bid to weaken reforms.

    jails

  15. jails

    De Blasio Ousts Key Solitary Confinement Foe as Reform Nears

    Bryanne Hamill loses her Board of Correction seat amid wrangling over putting limits on isolating inmates in city jails, sources said.

    jails

  16. jails

    Jailers Should Call Detainees by Name, Council Bill Demands

    Measure aims to bring reforms to the proposed post-Rikers Island borough lockups — but correction officers and some inmate advocates aren’t happy.

    jails

  17. rikers island

    City Jails Board Slow to Act on Solitary Reform, Critics Say

    A Board of Correction hearing on Tuesday drew calls to change New York City’s policies on solitary confinement but yielded no action.

    rikers island

  18. violence behind bars

    Rikers Guards’ Bad Decisions Led to Man’s Death, Suit Alleges

    Casey Holloway was strangled by a fellow inmate who should have been placed in a more secure unit for people with severe mental illness, family says.

    violence behind bars

  19. criminal justice

    Brooklyn Jail on Fast Track to Shutdown

    Detention Complex looking to clear out within months, moving male inmates into Rikers’ female wing, say union sources.

    criminal justice

  20. jails

    Rikers Body Scanners Feed Unrestricted Solitary Confinement

    Jailers can now hold some new arrivals in “separation status” to retrieve smuggled items — bypassing rules on who usually can be kept in isolation.

    jails

  21. solitary options

    Reimagining New York Jails Without Solitary Confinement

    A growing chorus of critics wants to strictly limit or ban isolation in the wake of Layleen Polanco’s death. But what are the alternatives?

    solitary options

  22. hot spots

    Sweltering City Jail Cells Need Air Conditioning, Says Board of Correction

    The BOC conducted surprise visits to jails this weekend and said City Hall must supply relief to inmates and staff before the next scorcher.

    hot spots

  23. cell plan

    BP Brewer Proposes Women’s Jail for Lockup with Central Park View

    The Manhattan borough president wants Rikers women moved into the Lincoln Correctional Facility, a prime property whose future has sparked debate.

    cell plan

  24. department of correction

    Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jail Towers

    City Planning Commission will consider mayor’s case for Rikers Island replacements — amid objections from borough presidents and community boards.

    department of correction

  25. layleen polanco

    Jail Oversight Board Floats Solitary Reforms After Polanco Death

    The Board of Correction, which oversees Rikers Island and other city jails, is mulling ideas to limit the use of so-called punitive segregation.

    layleen polanco

  26. juvenile justice

    No Green Space in Sight at Bronx Youth Detention Center

    Recreation areas still under construction months after “Raise the Age” moved teens off Rikers Island and into the Horizon Juvenile Center.

    juvenile justice

  27. layleen polanco

    Ballroom Family Mourns Layleen Polanco, Who Spent Week in Hospital While Jailed

    Layleen Polanco, the 27-year-old who died in solitary last week, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for eight days just two weeks before her death.

    layleen polanco

  28. rikers island

    Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in Jail, Another Detainee Died

    Jose Rivera, 54, had been in city jail custody for 33 days on a parole violation when he died Sunday. He never saw a lawyer.

    rikers island

  29. behind bars

    ‘Unremitting’ Violence Against Inmates in City Jails Hits Three-Year High

    The use of force rate is 79% higher than in 2015, the federal monitor found. Oversight report also cites key “incremental” reforms underway.

    behind bars

  30. corrective measures

    Guarded Numbers: Probe Finds Vast Undercount of Violent Incidents at City Jails

    Correction Department stats on inmate brawls are “unreliable” — thanks to shoddy record-keeping and secret “coaching” of employees, a DOI probe found.

    corrective measures

  31. jails

    City Seeks to Move Mentally Ill Inmates to Hospitals

    A new possibility in plans to close Rikers Island jails: relocation of mentally ill and medically needy to secure hospital facilities

    jails