Mayor Adams and Commissioner Molina Are Inept and Corrupt
Decades of corruption and mismanagement have proven that
New York City is unable to improve the deadly human rights crisis manufactured by the
Department of Correction. Since Mayor Adams took office, 28 detained people have
died on Rikers because they did not receive adequate or timely medical treatment.
Rikers Island is entitled to responsible leadership.
Federal Receivership is the Only Solution
In order to save lives today and ensure closure by 2027, the Federal
Court must appoint a
non-partisan “receiver” to override the
longstanding dysfunction ripping Rikers Island. A receiver is shielded from undue
political influence. Once sustainable achievements are made, the receiver returns power to
the City. City rules and long-abused policies can immediately be overturned by a federal
receiver, who can make sweeping fixes
without the red tape and political opposition.
When Visitors Were Banned From Rikers Island, Even More Drugs Showed Up
An investigation uncovered that during COVID, when visitors were not allowed onto Rikers Island, there were more than double the amount of drugs recovered than during that same time period between 2018-2019. The only logical conclusion is that Correction Officers are the ones smuggling drugs onto the Island.
In a Rikers Jail Cell, a Man Lay Dead for Hours Before He Was Discovered
New York Times
Elijah Muhammad, the 10th person to die on Rikers Island this year, died in his cell after DOC staff ignored obvious signs of drug overdose. They did not "discover" his body until it was stiff from rigor mortis. Prior to his overdose and death, he had been held in a tiny shower stall in isolation for over 30 hours.
I-Team: Locking Prisoners in Narrow Shower Stalls Called "Inhumane" at Rikers Island
NBC New York
Despite DOC claiming to have eliminated solitary confinement, an investigation uncovered that DOC was using small, caged shower stalls as "de-escalation cells", keeping detainees inside alone for hours and/or days at a time. One of those people died soon after release.
Rikers Island Inmate Died After Choking on an Orange - and No Correction Officer Was There to Help: Sources
NY Daily News
A detainee choking on an orange died at the feet of a Correction Officer while other detainees tried unsuccessfully to save his life, and begged for the Officer's help. The Officer refused to help the man because although DOC assigned him to an "inmate-facing post", he was not allowed to have any contact with detainees.
Legal Aid Lawyers Claim NYC Fiddles with Rikers Missed Medical Visit Numbers to Make them Look Better
NY Daily News
A federal judge held DOC in contempt of court for failing to provide medical care to detainees (for example, in April 2022 alone, the Department failed to take detainees to 11,789 medical appointments). When DOC returned to court the following month to prove it rectified the problem, it fudged its numbers; instead of counting missed medical appointments, DOC instead reported the number of detainees who missed appointments (so if one detainee missed several appointments, it would only count as 1 missed appointment).