Having failed to make Rikers Island comply with civil rights settlement, de Blasio agrees to close jail complex

Having failed to make Rikers Island comply with civil rights settlement, de Blasio agrees to close jail complex

Following political pressure from a blue ribbon panel, from failures to make Rikers Island comply with a civil rights settlement, and a newly-announced primary challenger, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced that he was joining an agreement to close the troubled jail complex.

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Preet Bharara announces framework of settlement over the "culture of violence" at Rikers Island [UPDATED]

Preet Bharara announces framework of settlement over the "culture of violence" at Rikers Island [UPDATED]

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced on Monday the framework of a legal settlement that will bring long-overdue changes to Rikers Island, including the appointment of a court monitor, forcing the de Blasio administration to reform one of nation's worst jail complexes.

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de Blasio appoints Stanley ''Darth Vader'' Brezenoff to oversee mental health in city jails

de Blasio appoints Stanley ''Darth Vader'' Brezenoff to oversee mental health in city jails

Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints controversial former hospital executive Stanley Brezenoff to serve as chair of the city's Board of Correction, which oversees conditions and mental healthcare needs of municipal jail inmates.

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