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In New York's Largest Jail, Teens Face 'Brute Force' And Intimidation That Horrifies Even Prosecutors

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In the second-largest jail in the nation, teens are beaten more frequently than not. They are placed in solitary confinement for disciplinary infractions that would be considered typical adolescent behavior outside of jail


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 3:59 am
Sadly noted. Thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:41 am
Teens should not be in jail with adult criminals, they are often raped and as you read beaten. That is why many prisons keep them in isolation for their own protection.

Cheree M (46)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 6:01 am

Marianne R (78)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 7:56 am
Noted - Thanks Cal

Howard Crosse (21)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 12:02 pm
This is another side of the US which those of us not living there very rarely hear about.

Gene J (288)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 2:23 pm
"...Rikers Island “a corrections crucible that seems more inspired by Lord of the Flies than any philosophy of human detention.”

If this isn't cruel and unusual punishment (before conviction of anything) and unconstitutional, I can't imagine what is. Why hasn't the ACLU or some youth organization in New York hasn't filed a class action suit on behalf of these kids.

Lone F (58)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 3:25 pm
Noted - Thanks Cal!

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 3:33 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Gene's comment above said it for me. There is a fine line between "brute force" and torture, and neither should be happening inside a jail, or anywhere else.

Patricia E G (52)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 4:24 pm
This is report only grazes surface of the much larger injustices that prevail at Rikers.
Granted, the teens facing brute force and intimidation is overly abusive yet it is child's play
in comparison to the Adult Facility. Where the "pajama pants noose" hanging of a inmate,
supervised by the guards occurs quite frequently. It is written up as a voluntary suicide by
the prisoner. The medical doctor from Rikers telephones you with the news of the death from
self asphyxiation. You must send someone to ID the body, There is no pathology report nor
Dearth Certificate. There is no ceremony or Family viewing. The body is buried immediately in
the Rikers graveyard. They supply a small stone with etching on it. It is not a's a number.
This has been the policy at Rikers for many years, It is only getting worse. This is a perfect excuse
why incarceration does't work. Rikers needs a complete overhaul or tear it down
Thank you Cal

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:43 pm
Terrible. Cruel and inhumane.

Krista Slavin (194)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:47 pm

Freya H (345)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 6:36 pm
More evidence of just how this formerly great nation has fallen. We are degenerating into an uncivilized, third-world police state.

Walter F (128)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 8:28 pm
Sorry to read this.I don't know enough about American jails or legal system other than deplore its retention of capital punishment which I abhor as a reminiscent of the dark ages and puts America in the same class as brutal islamic countries and China.However it appears that the punishment of minors is excessive.The punishment doesn't fit the crime .

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 2:27 am
Terrible! Sadly noted.

Janet R (38)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 3:49 am
Shameful behavior. I do hope someone helps these kids.
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