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LAS Decries Spike in Use of Force Against Incarcerated New Yorkers at City Jails

The Legal Aid Society responded to a report issued from Steve J. Martin, the independent monitor appointed in the Nunez v. City of New York et. al. – litigation concerning misuse of force in New York City jails, which found the City non-compliant with the most important parts of the federal court order.

The facts reported by the monitor show that the Department of Correction is in a downward spiral of incompetence and abuse, turning a historically low jail census into historically high use of force rates, while inexplicably turning a blind eye to staff misconduct and basic security failures, according to THE CITY.

“The most richly staffed jail in the country is effectively unmanaged, because neither rank and file staff nor managers are held accountable for their misconduct,” said Mary Lynne Werlwas, Director of The Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project.