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NYC Prisons Report 27% Increase In Injury Claims Last Year, Cost City $13.1 Million In Settlements

Comptroller Scott Stringer. (Screengrab: NY1)

At a press conference on Wednesday, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer presented data on the human and financial costs of the city’s correctional facilities, offering stern warning on the future of Rikers Island, the prison complex he called a “humanitarian crisis.” According to Stringer, claims filed for personal injuries–both from routine accidents, …

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Feds Raid Georgia Prisons, FBI Arrests 46 Georgia Correctional Officers In Massive Drug Trafficking Operation

(Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP)

Federal law enforcement officials have reported the arrest of 46 correctional officers, both current and former, in nine Georgia prisons. The arrests were the result of a two-year undercover sting operation which originally focused on smuggling cell phones.  The FBI had been alerted to the fact that guards were acquiring …

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26th Rikers Island Officer To Be Arrested in Two Years; Nicole Bartley Charged With Rape and Smuggling

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Corrections Officer Nicole Bartley, 30, has been arrested for having an illegal sexual relationship with an inmate and smuggling marijuana. Bartley is now the 26th officer at Rikers Island to have been arrested for misconduct since 2014. Drug-sniffing dogs indicated the smell of marijuana on Bartley Saturday morning and although officers …

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President Obama Takes On Solitary Confinement

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Today’s edition of the Washington Post contains an op-ed by President Obama outlining a series of executive actions on the use of solitary confinement in American federal prisons.  Currently around 100,000 inmates are serving time in solitary confinement.  The Justice Department’s research has found a high incidence of depression, withdrawal,  exacerbated …

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