NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A state watchdog agency has deemed Rikers Island and four upstate jails as the worst local jails in New York.
The Commission of Correction on Wednesday submitted to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the Legislature a report that identifies “the most problematic local correctional facilities.”
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The report said Rikers “continues to be plagued by managerial failures, significant structural problems, regulatory compliance failures, identified deficiencies that remain unaddressed, and unabated harm to both staff and inmates alike.”
In addition to Rikers Island, which is run by New York City, the report listed the other “worst offenders” as the Greene County Jail in Catskill, the Buffalo area’s Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility, the Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie, and the Syracuse area’s Onondaga County Justice Center and Penitentiary.
The chief counsel to the governor, Alphonso David, said the Cuomo administration will demand a quick resolution to what he called “systemic, unconscionable and illegal conditions.”
He also called the plan to close Rikers in 10 years “wholly unacceptable and repugnant to federal and state constitutional principles.”
“The governor, who has been fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform his entire career, has repeatedly said 10 years is too long because ‘justice delayed is justice denied,’” he said.
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