In recent years, New York City’s jail system has been in a state of constant crisis due to overcrowding, violence, and consistent sick outs from correction officers. When Mayor Eric Adams took office in January 2022, Department of Corrections commissioner Louis Molina said he was “unequivocally committed to transparency and restoring public trust in the agency.” The agency has been plagued by corruption and sixteen detainee deaths in 2021. As of September 27, 2022, sixteen people have died after being held in Riker’s Island, even as officials have rushed to implement reforms to stave off a looming June 2022 threat of a federal court takeover.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on October 24, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Guggenheimer, Emma, "Concerns Re: Rikers Island and the Increase in Inmate Deaths" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 31.