Massive Mismanagement at Rikers

The Story

Abuse and neglect plague the jails on Rikers Island. The Board of Corrections revealed in a recent report that Rikers detainees have phoned in complaints to New York City’s 311 line in increasing numbers since last year; many of these complaints go unanswered. Corrections officers have a hard job, and conditions at Rikers are infamous, but the de Blasio administration must get a grip on a situation that is spiraling out of control. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Distress: Calls to 311 about the city’s jails were up 49% in 2017 over the previous year. Read more.

  2. Violence: As the city concentrates the population of violent offenders on Rikers Island, violence has disproportionately increased. Read more.

  3. Trouble: A recent federal report on corruption and mismanagement at the New York City Housing Authority suggests that inattention to detail and lack of accountability are hallmarks of Mayor de Blasio’s administration. Read more.

“De Blasio doesn’t have a style of management because he doesn’t seem to know or care about management.”

Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Deflecting with De Blasio By Seth Barron (May 9, 2016)

“The progressive New York City mayor tries to draw attention away from his administration’s mounting scandals.”

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