De Blasio Appoints Acting Commissioner to Head New York City Jails
The Correction Department is still plagued bypersistent episodes of violence by some inmates and staff at Rikers Island, where a raft of reforms, federal oversight and steady investment have yet to create a stable atmosphere. The department has also been tasked by Mr. de Blasio with making changes that, along with reforms across a range of law enforcement agencies and courts, would result in the closing of Rikers Island as a jail complex after 10 years.
Glenn E. Martin, who has led protests in favor of closing Rikers, said in a statement that City Hall should have hired an outside candidate for commissioner and that the choice of a current city correction official “suggests that the mayor still fails to grasp the urgency of shuttering New York’s torture island.”
[Courtesy of J. DAVID GOODMAN from NY Times]
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