Federal Government To Sue NYC On Violence Against Adolescent Inmates At Rikers Island

The federal government is taking New York City to court.

In a new report, the U.S. plans to sue the city on the lack of changes at Rikers Island jail concerning the treatment of adolescent inmates. Led under the prosecution of U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara, it has been revealed that teen inmates are being put in harsh solitary confinement, violent attitudes are also geared toward these 16-17 year old prisoners, and the lack of effective cases on guards’ assaults has led to necessary reform within the correctional facility’s system.

“While the United States had hoped to reach a speedy resolution with the city on these critical issues, thus far insufficient progress has been made,” Bharara said. The DA has brought these eye-opening conditions to the city’s attention more than four months ago, the New York Times reports, but changes have been slow and dismal, but differing to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement following the filing, the 53-year-old politician said, “progress is being made quickly” starting with the end of solitary confinement for teenage inmates.

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