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LAS: DOC is Failing to Properly Track New Yorkers at Rikers Intake

The Legal Aid Society has filed a contempt motion in response to the department's ongoing failure to reliably track and process people out of intake on Rikers Island within 24 hours.
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Whistleblowers Warn of Growing Transphobia, Homophobia in Local Jails

Under the leadership of Louis Molina, The Department of Correction has expressed indifference to the well-being of incarcerated TGNCNBI individuals.
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LAS: Board of Correction Must Have Access to Jail Video Footage

Recent action by Mayor Adams obstructs the Board by denying the oversight body full access to videotape surveillance of the jails.
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LAS Files Second Contempt Motion Against Department of Correction

The motion is the result of the Department's ongoing failure to provide incarcerated New Yorkers access to medical care.
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LAS Asks Judge to Place City Jails Under Receivership

In papers filed today, Legal Aid announced it will seek receivership of the Department of Correction, the only way to end the widespread suffering of thousands of incarcerated New Yorkers.
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LAS: DOC Must Immediately Remedy Heat and Hot Water Outages

Two facilities on Rikers Island have been without functioning heat or hot water since Tuesday and cooler temperatures are expected in the coming days.
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LAS Client Erick Tavira is the 17th New Yorker to Die in DOC Custody in 2022

Mr. Tavira was just 28 years old and had no prior convictions. Deaths in DOC custody have already exceeded the total from 2021.
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Intake on Rikers Under Scrutiny Following Revelation Staff Altered Data

New documents reveal Department of Correction staff changed start times to show compliance with a court order aimed at eliminating lengthy stays at the intake areas on Rikers Island.
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LAS Demands Answers After the Deaths of Two More Incarcerated Clients

Gregory Acevedo and Robert Pondexter are the latest New Yorkers to die in the ongoing crisis in City jails.
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Op-Ed: Treatment Not Jail, A Moral Imperative

Michael Nieves, the thirteenth person to die while in Department of Correction custody this year, is a sobering reminder of the need for legislative action.
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