Rikers Island treatment addressed in legislation

City Council members hope legislation announced Monday will end the practice of solitary confinement on Rikers Island.



The proposal would require a quarterly report detailing the number of people who've been placed in solitary, their ages and the reasons for their confinement.



The announcement comes two weeks after a scathing report from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara concerning adolescent inmates at Rikers Island. The report states that corrections officers beat inmates with blows to the head. The report also says beatings were sometimes carried out in areas where there were no security cameras.



Bharara said there is a code of silence surrounding the issue and that the problem has not yet been addressed.



Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte has only been in his post since April, but says he is committed to making jails safer. He says he will rewrite the use of force policy and add more security cameras to the facility.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."