In an interview, Williams said the mayor “needs to use some of his amnesty power” to drive certain people out of prison, and should hire a new corrector, called for illness. Orthodontists who haven’t appeared had to return to their jobs last year to work in thousands of shifts.
In an interview, detainees, prison staff and health care workers said the situation at prison facilities was getting worse day by day.
Some prisons that were once secured by up to four prison officers now have nothing. Gangsters and other detainees are working on controlling the entry and exit of dozens of people trapped in dormitories, breaking up fights, and managing medical care.
The corridors and stairs are lined with piles of garbage. Soaps and cleaning agents are often not available. Some units do not have toilet paper. Elsewhere, the worm will inch out of the drain. Many imprisoned people haven’t been out for months and spend hours in dormitories without programming or services. According to the public defender, the timing of meals, even if eaten, is unpredictable. The barber shop is closed. The clinic is backed up, staff said.
Fear and tension increase.
“We have no minimum standards, no medical services, recreation, religious services, legal and library services,” said 58-year-old Reginald Wiggins. “There were no officers in this unit for three weeks. I’m afraid of my life.”
In May, De Blasio nominated a new orthodontic commissioner, Vincent Sirardi, who is considered an experienced reformer, and the mayor will hire more orthodontists, although unlikely to bring relief to the system until next year. I promised. The fact that Mr. De Blasio has not visited Rikers since the summer of 2017 has infuriated supporters of imprisoned people.
Keith Powers, a city council member who heads the Criminal Justice Commission, went to Rikers several times each year and called on Mr. De Blasio to visit.