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Riker’s prisoner isolation rejected by federal monitor

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On Thursday, the federal monitor overseeing Rikers Island rejected the government’s plan to isolate dangerous inmates in the city’s jails — another blow to the troubled prison complex.

The plan was for the city to use a new housing unit known as RMAS as a more humane replacement for solitary confinement. But the monitor, Steve Martin, found that the city was not ready to implement it, and the current structure posed “security risks”. Martin wondered if the city had enough staff to make it happen.

In the court filing the monitor late Thursday, he also found that “the overall situation in prisons remains chaotic and that incidents involving serious injuries and tragic fatalities are all too common.”

In response, the city’s Correction Commissioner, Louis Molina, NY1 issued this statement: “We remain committed to a restrictive housing model that creates the most humane conditions possible while preserving security and holding those who commit violence in our prisons accountable.” to keep. At the same time, we take the requirements of the Action Plan seriously and will work with the Federal Monitor to move forward as ordered by the court.”

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