N.Y.C’s Modification Division has produced significant advancement toward creating “bearing reform” at Rikers Island, although assault against prisoners remains a substantial problem, the national tracking team managing a re making of city prisons published in a statement submitted on Thursday.
In the last weeks since a federal judge granted final approval to a far-reaching settlement arrangement designed to stop ongoing violence and negligence at metropolis prisons, the section has employed hundreds of new discipline officers, revisited coaching processes and guidelines regulating when officers may use too much pressure on prisoners, added 1,350 extra surveillance cameras and dramatically decreased the utilization of solitary confinement, the statement mentioned.
In several places, the department has fulfilled or exceeded necessary, the statement mentioned.
“The departments operation to date should be the stakeholders carefully confident that real change is under way and building momentum,” the statement mentioned.
Mysterious prisoner injuries, inappropriate use of pepper spray and unreported uses of unnecessary force also remained an issue, the statement mentioned.
The section has developed a new and improved plan requiring the use of bodily force by officers, among the necessary circumstances. Though the plan is not going to be completely put in place until June 2017, the section states that a new and improved instruction processes have minimized severe incidents and cell block conflicts.
In order to improve the inspections and investigations of unfair and unruly guards, the section has started to strengthen its internal affairs section. As of March 2016, the department had 129 researchers, in contrast to 66 in Jan 2015, and plans to employ 40 more, the statement mentioned. And the department has created a electronic case management system to replace document-based report maintaining.
In a statement, Frederick Ponte, the modification commissioner, stated the section looked forward to working together with the observation group “as we prepare for what is yet to come.”