Prisoner Assault Archives

Family of Rikers Island Inmate Finds Closure After 7-Year Legal Battle

A tragic case of inmate abuse in New York City has left the family members of a 24-year old inmate grieving for years. Aris Hiraldo was incarcerated in the Rikers Island jail facility in 2011 after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend. He was placed on suicide watch shortly after entering the facility because remarks he made suggested he was a danger to himself. A short time later an appointed social worker deemed the watch unnecessary and it was cancelled. Just ten days after, Hiraldo hung himself with the drawstring from his jail-issued sweatpants.

New Report Slams "Reform" and Highlights Prisoner Abuse at Rikers

Months after an official in charge of the infamous jail complex at Rikers Island promised reform following a series of inmate abuse cases; the facility is not really safer for people inside. That warning comes from a new report from the federal government which shows an "alarming rate" of excessive force usage in the New York City correctional facility.

Rikers Island Inmate Sues After Being Slashed while in Custody

Corrections officers are duty-bound to protect the individuals in their care. While convicts can be denied "luxuries" as a routine part of their incarceration, they should not live in fear of their lives. 39-year-old Luziano Hinks has filed a lawsuit alleging that corrections officers failed to protect him from an inmate assault in New York City even after he pleaded to be transferred to a more secure facility.

Investigation Reveals 129 Inmates Injured by Guards at Rikers Island

A Department of Health and Mental Hygiene investigation into the Rikers Island jail complex has uncovered dozens of cases of alleged prisoner assault in New York. An exhaustive investigation into prison records, current and former inmate interviews, and medical records from the jail and surrounding hospitals found that 129 inmates reportedly suffered "serious" injuries at the hands of corrections officers and other lockup staff.

Rikers Island Inmate Dies While Guard Drinks Coffee and Watches

Shocking surveillance video from the Rikers Island jail complex puts a case of blatant prison abuse in New York City on display. 53-year old Victor Woods is shown on the video laying in the arms of other inmates while they scream for help. Wood's is shaking uncontrollably, apparently having some sort of seizure but nobody comes to help even though there is a guard caught in the video camera's lens. The unnamed corrections officer simply watches the drama unfold, drinking coffee. Later, inmates told investigators that the guard said "I'm not touching him" when they asked for help.

Rikers Inmate Dies after Suicide Watch Ignored

Jail abuse in New York City claimed the life of Rikers Island inmate at the turn of the New Year, potentially foreshadowing a troubling trend for the struggling jail. Rikers Island has been plagued with inmate deaths for years-usually as the result on inmate-on-inmate violence or neglect by corrections officers who have a history of jailer abuse-but one recent case is so shocking that it has civil rights advocates calling for an immediate change at the notorious jail.

Rikers Inmate Dies after Suicide Watch Ignored

Jail abuse in New York City claimed the life of Rikers Island inmate at the turn of the New Year, potentially foreshadowing a troubling trend for the struggling jail. Rikers Island has been plagued with inmate deaths for years-usually as the result on inmate-on-inmate violence or neglect by corrections officers who have a history of jailer abuse-but one recent case is so shocking that it has civil rights advocates calling for an immediate change at the notorious jail.

Correction's Officer Inmate Assault in New York's Riker's Island Causes Injury Claims to Double, Report Says

A controversial new report shows that the increase in correction officer related inmate assaults in New York City (specifically at the Riker's Island prison) is directly correlated to the two-fold increase of injury claims filed by inmates against the Department of Corrections. The comptroller's office's data positively linked the 114% increase in violence over the last five years to the increase of inmates with mental health issues and the use (or misuse) of solitary confinement and questionable tactics many call abuse.

Investigators Examine Inmate Death at Riker's Island

A report has surfaced claiming that corrections officers at Riker's Island neglected a 56-year old homeless man who died while in custody at the facility. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill veteran, died while in a jail cell when the temperature in that cell climbed to at least 100 degrees. Murdough, who had been taken into custody for trespassing, basically "baked to death" (according to a statement obtained by the AP) in a shocking case of inmate abuse in New York's infamous prison. Murdough was on anti-psychotic and anti-seizure medication which may or may not have contributed to his death by making him more susceptible to the heat.

Family Files Wrongful Death Suit After 37-Year Old Mother Dies in NYPD Custody

The police are facing yet another wrongful death lawsuit in New York City. In July of this year, a 37-year old mother died while in NYPD custody after-her family says-the police refused her medical assistance for at least seven hours. Kyam Livingston was taken into custody by NYPD for violating a specialized order of protection her grandmother had previously filed against her. The two women had gotten into a verbal argument and police were called. When they arrived, Livingston, who had been consuming alcohol, was taken to a holding cell after being escorted to a hospital to "treat" her intoxication.

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