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Council Members Back Bronx DA-Elect's Plan for Rikers Island Oversight

Council members who once planned to call for a special prosecutor for Rikers Island are instead backing a plan from Bronx District Attorney-elect Darcel Clark for her office to increase its oversight of crimes allegedly committed in the city’s jails. 844 more words

'Independence Is Not Isolation': Mark Peters on His Tenure So Far at DOI

In a room full of his fellow city officials, Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, who is tasked with rooting out corruption, fraud, waste and abuse, is not the most popular guy in the crowd. 1,113 more words

Council Passes Package of Bills to Boost Transparency at Rikers

The City Council today passed eight separate bills aimed at making public basic information about Rikers Island—including the demographic breakdown of inmates, the charges and bail amounts they’re facing, their rights and the rules regarding uses of force by officers—as part of an ongoing effort to reform the violence-plagued jail complex. 1,018 more words

City Council

Body Scanners Sitting Unused at Rikers Island Due to State Law

The Department of Correction has been trying to crack down on contraband making its way inside jails at Rikers Island—but high-tech body scanning machines meant to catch inmates with weapons and drugs are sitting in storage thanks to state law. 689 more words

Fire Commissioner Backs de Blasio in Fight Over Disability Pensions

Giving newer firefighters smaller disability pensions isn’t fair, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said today—but he backed a proposal from Mayor Bill de Blasio that police and fire unions have said doesn’t do enough to fix the problem. 631 more words

Bill De Blasio

Correction Department Touts Drop in Solitary Confinement at Rikers Island

The number of inmates being held in solitary confinement on an average day at Rikers Island and other city jails has dropped by nearly third compared to a year ago, the Department of Correction announced this morning. 1,269 more words

Bill De Blasio

Council Members Fear Insufficient Protections for Workers in de Blasio Housing Plan

Members of the City Council’s committees on contracts and housing today clashed with Vicki Been, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, over whether the mayor’s… 674 more words

Affordable Housing