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The federal monitor said the need for fire suppression is “particularly acute for a unit attempting to re-house known fire-setters and thereby reduce arsons”
“Practices for reporting stabbings/slashings are so unregulated that the monitor no longer has confidence in the accuracy of the department’s data in this area,” the monitoring team said
The Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center, a five-story jail barge with 800 beds, opened as a temporary measure in 1982 to relieve crowding on Rikers Island
A report two years into Mayor Adams’ administration reveals surging incidents of stabbings, slashings amid pervasive, imminent risk of harm at NYC jails
The report states there was also no captain on duty as a result of a staffing issue that left the Vierno Center eight captains short on the day the inmate died
Several inmates and around a dozen correction officers were treated for smoke inhalation; one inmate was burned so severely he was transported to the ICU
“Stabbings and slashing will exceed 300 this year with 6,000 uses of force — much high than other jail systems,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Powell said
The mental health clinician was stabbed in the face and arm; he was taken to the hospital where he needed stiches
The inmate walked around the jail wearing the stolen correctional officer uniform and pretended to conduct rounds
Another report earlier this month condemned conditions at jail facilities, citing mold and vermin-infested areas among other issues
The monitor concludes in its report there has been “no meaningful relief” for staff or people in custody from violence and unnecessary and excessive uses of force
The court hearing came after a federal monitor overseeing the jails system outlined a pattern of disturbing incidents — including detainee deaths and grave injuries
Court-appointed violence monitor Steve J. Martin and his staff said that the jails are on pace for 350 stabbings and slashings in 2023
Court records show the inmate’s assault cases include slashing a CO with a pen, trying to attack an officer with a shiv and beating an officer with metal restraints
The federal monitor that oversees the city’s compliance with the decree has expressed concern about the Emergency Services Unit’s propensity for violence