Officials, activists call on governor and mayor to act following death of inmate at Rikers Island

News 12 spoke to the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, who said the root of the issues is staffing.

News 12 Staff

Sep 13, 2021, 11:42 PM

Updated 983 days ago

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Following the death of an inmate at Rikers Island last week, local officials toured the jail facility on Monday and are calling on the governor and the mayor to take action. 
"Everybody in Rikers Island, behind the bars or in front of the bars, are in danger right now,” said public advocate Jumaane Williams. 
Local elected officials gathered following the deaths of nine incarcerated people at the facility this year. They called the environment inhumane for both correction officers and those who are incarcerated. 
They described floors covered in human waste, cells with broken doors and danger throughout the facility. 
News 12 spoke to the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, who said the root of the issues is staffing. 
Elected officials and activists want the governor to pass the Less is More Act, which would free those with non-criminal technical violations. 
They are also calling for the closure of Rikers Island.
News 12 reached out to the Department of Corrections for a statement and hasn’t heard back yet.


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