Why Does Rikers Island Still Lock People in Shower Stalls?
So-called “de-escalation units” were supposed to help people cool off after violent encounters. But months after their implementation, Rikers staff still use the old brutal methods.
Chris Gelardi · March 22, 2023
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
Security camera footage shows Kevin Bryan sleeping on the floor of a crowded pen at the Eric M. Taylor Center’s intake area, where he was kept for 23 hours on September 8, 2022. A week later, he hanged himself in the jail. | New York City Board of Correction
The “decontamination unit” and flooded floor of the de-escalation unit at Rikers Island’s Eric M. Taylor Center. | New York City Board of Correction
Chris Gelardi is a reporter for New York Focus investigating the state’s criminal-legal system. His work has appeared in more than a… more
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