Issues plaguing the cities jails include staff using “high-impact force,” and increases in violent stabbings, self-harm, and staff absenteeism. The worst offense noted is the unreliable reporting of injuries or deaths by NYC jail officials. Commissioner Louis Molina reportedly asked his team not to file its May 26 report detailing five new incidents.
New York City’s administrative refusal to comply with the demands set to shut Rikers down is costing the lives of incarcerated people. They cannot afford to be political pawns in a game of prison monopoly. Lives are on the line so we should join in solidarity with activists and incarcerated people in calling for an end to this system.