Recently, New York Daily News reported that in 2015, there were more than 2,800 personal injury claims filed by inmates in city jails against the New York City Department of Correction. This is a 27 percent increase from 2014, costing 66 percent more in settlements and judgments. The majority of the claims come out of Rikers Island, which comprises 9 out of the 12 New York City inmate facilities.
Rikers Island has a reputation for violence, resulting in the federal government’s monitoring of the facilities. In 2015, it was reported that the number of stabbings and slashings increased 49 percent. In 2015, there were a total of 131 attacks, many of which were gang-related. Some claims involve other types of alleged abuse, such as an inmate who sued the city claiming that he was beaten and starved by other inmates while correction officers watched.
Given these circumstances, some advocate for the closing of Rikers Island. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that it would be too expensive to shut down. There would also be the additional issue of where the inmates currently housed on Rikers Island would be transferred to.
If you or a family member have been injured by a correction officer or by another inmate, while at Rikers Island, or another corrections facility, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today who can advise you of your legal rights. Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients in pursuing claims arising out of another’s negligence and will fight for your right to receive compensation. Contact (888) LAW-8088 for a consultation today.