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An alternative site in Harlem would be less restrictive and closer to many incarcerated people’s families, supporters say.
Jail funding is as high as ever, even though there are far fewer people behind bars
Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi issued a frantic letter to public defenders this week calling on them to help reduce the incarcerated population.
After one inmate's death at the Essex County Correctional Facility and the vicious beating of another, officials vow a review of operations.
New data shows that, as of November 3rd, 1,515 uniformed staffers were on sick leave and another 39 had gone AWOL, only a slight improvement since the city's lawsuit was withdrawn.
"Blaming the courts..is like the captain of the Titanic blaming the iceberg.”
Another person has died in city custody, after succumbing to injuries he sustained while attempting to take his own life inside a Manhattan holding cell last week, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Twelve people have died in city jails so far this year. Data shows judges have contributed to the swelling detainee population. An analysis by Gothamist/WNYC and New York Focus shows who the top judges are.
The Department of Corrections says the daily average of uniformed staff out sick in August had been over 1,400, compared to 689 last summer. But the workers union says the DOC is to blame for untenable working conditions.
The facility, best known as the site of Jeffrey Epstein's suicide, could shutter as early as October.
The arrests come as immigration attorneys allege that ICE has “disappeared” its clients from the jail.
It’s unclear what sparked the current spike at Bedford Hills, but it is a reminder of how the virus preys on this congregate setting.
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