Officials call on mayor to reinstitute segregation of violent offenders

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Officials are asking the mayor to reform the way prisoners are disciplined after a Rikers Island guard was attacked by inmates.

Borough President Eric Adams and the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association held a press conference in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday.

They both agree changes must be made surrounding the topic of punitive segregation for violent offenders under the age of 21.

On Saturday, Rikers Island correction officer Jean Souffrant was ambushed and attacked by four inmates.

Souffrant was severely beaten and rushed to the hospital with a fractured spine and blood on the brain.

All four inmates are now facing felony assault charges for the beating which was caught on tape, according to officials.

Proponents of the change say since the mayor banished the segregation of violent and non-violent offenders, there have been over 200 attacks on corrections officers by inmates in New York City since 2014.

"This is a joke and a mockery of the law enforcement system and it cannot be tolerated," Adams says.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will not tolerate what has happened to Bouffant.

Meanwhile, the Benevolent Association and borough president are still waiting for changes to be made.  

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