Just two days after an independent commission recommended permanently closing Rikers Island, a new report released Monday by a federal monitor has found that guards at the jail complex continue to use excessive force against inmates at an "alarming rate."

According to the report, inmates are regularly subjected to "head strikes, wall slams and violent takedowns often involving neck/chokeholds," leading to injuries that are "followed by delays in providing needed medical attention." The report also found that guards will regularly strike inmates who are restrained in handcuffs and that there is a tendency to use pepper-spray, often in large doses and at close range, as a punishment for minor altercations. And violent incidents at the controversial facility appear to be increasing—in December of 2016, there were 3.93 uses of force for every 100 inmates, compared to 3.73 in November of 2015.

"The seriously problematic issues of staff use of force set out in the Second Monitor's Report [from earlier in the year] continued in unabated fashion during this Monitoring Period," the report noted. The commission, which devoted special attention to how force was used against teenage inmates, found that "the level of violence at the Facilities housing Young Inmates is cause for significant concern."

The report also highlights specific instances of brutality. In one incident, an inmate sustained 10 separate head injuries during an altercation with seven correctional officers. While officials claimed that the inmate had tried to strike a guard, the report found that this was not the case.

The findings were gathered by an independent monitor appointed by a federal judge in 2015, after former inmates brought a sweeping class action lawsuit against the Department of Correction. In settling the suit, the city agreed to a wide-range of reforms, including the installation of thousands of surveillance cameras and new policies restricting the use of force.

This report, which analyzed the prison's performance between August and December of 2016, found that supervisors failed to "rein in excessive force and implement seriously the reforms ordered by the federal court." The report continued: "Often these incidents are not reported accurately and in some cases not reported at all."

In a statement released Monday, Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte said that the department "is moving quickly to fix the issues the monitor identifies."

The news of increased violence on Rikers comes at a moment when just about everyone—Ponte included—seems to be getting on board with plans to close the embattled prison island. On Friday, Mayor de Blasio announced that he endorsed efforts to shut down Rikers over a period of 10 years—calling the pledge "a very serious, sober, forever decision." In response, Commissioner Ponte said that "I don't think anybody would argue with a safer, more humane correctional system," and noted that even jailers and their union reps would likely fall in line. (Update: On Tuesday, a union representing correction officers said the proposal to shut down Rikers was a "fantasy" meant to give the mayor cover during an election year.)

Both of those statements came ahead of this weekend's release of a 97-page report from another independent commission, this one headed by retired New York state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The Lippman report, which took over a year to complete, recommends "ending the use of Rikers Island as a jail facility in any form or function" as "an essential step toward building a more just New York City."

That report, which the mayor has not yet endorsed, calls for a system of smaller, borough-based jail facilities and recommends that training for guards at the new jails should "prioritize communication skills, de-escalation, procedural justice, and mental health."