Rikers Intake Is a Mess, But We Can’t Expect Too Much Progress, Federal Judge Rules
Nearly a year and a half after they were supposed to fix their system, jail officials still don’t know how long they’re keeping people in notorious intake pens.
Chris Gelardi · March 21, 2023
Rikers Island welcome sign. | NYC DOC
They’re such failures, we shouldn’t hold them in contempt.
—Sarena Townsend, former Department of Correction investigator
Security footage shows fights breaking out at an overcrowded intake holding area at Rikers Island’s Eric M. Taylor Center on June 16, 2022. | New York City Board of Correction
A timeline of attempts to improve intake tracking at Rikers. | Chris Gelardi for New York Focus
The number of overstays in intake ‘is simply unknown,’ the federal monitor wrote.
Chris Gelardi is a reporter for New York Focus investigating the state’s criminal-legal system. His work has appeared in more than a dozen other outlets, most frequently The Nation, The Intercept, and The Appeal. He is a past recipient of awards from Columbia… more
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