Violence reigns supreme inside the walls of New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, according to a recent Justice Department report. Rather than being rehabilitated, young adult males are often beaten, abused and stripped of their rights.
A 2-1/2 year investigation into the violence inside the walls of Rikers Island jail facilities for adolescent males aged 16 to 18 revealed poor staff training, subpar investigations, a virtually useless management structure and the overuse of solitary confinement, particularly for mentally ill inmates. According to the report, the same problems likely exist in the adult facilities, as well, the Associated Press (AP) reported. More Adolescent Inmates Face Violence, not Rehabilitation, at Rikers Island