Report by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara spotlights issues at Rikers Island juvenile facilityPosted: Updated:
A new report released by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is spotlighting problems at the Rikers Island juvenile facility.
The 79-page report primarily focused on the use of force by corrections officers and the amount of inmate-on-inmate violence.
The investigation found that correction officers too frequently resort to "headshots," or blows to an inmate's head. Last year, there were 565 reported staff use of force incidents in a population of 682 young inmates.
Bharara says there is a code of silence among many at Rikers Island, including correction officers. He says that it limits people from saying what is really going on.
Bharara also says there needs to be more video surveillance at Rikers. The investigation found that officers sometimes bring inmates to sections where there are no cameras in order to beat them.
Moreover, where there are cameras, the report says one-third of video surveillance footage is missing.
Bharara gives 70 recommendations to the Department of Corrections and the mayor's office on what needs to change at the facility.
News 12 reached out to the DOC to see what it had to say about the report, but it has not yet responded.