2023

2023

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STATEMENT ON DEATH IN CUSTODY THIS PAST WEEKEND

For immediate release: February 7, 2023

The Board of Correction is deeply saddened by the death of Marvin Pines, marking the first death in New York City Department of Correction (“DOC”) custody in 2023. Mr. Pines, 65, died on February 4, 2023, at approximately 6:18 am, following a medical emergency while in DOC custody. Mr. Pines had been in custody since August 3, 2022, and he was housed in the North Infirmary Command at the time of his death. Mr. Pines left behind his daughter, his girlfriend, and other loved ones. We express our condolences to his family, friends, and community during this difficult time.

The Board is investigating Mr. Pines’ death and will convene the Department of Correction and Correctional Health Services (“CHS”), together, to examine the circumstances leading up to the death. We will report our findings with recommendations to both agencies to prevent future tragedies.

The Board of Correction remains dedicated to fulfilling its City Charter and legal mandates to investigate serious injuries, near deaths, and deaths, toward the end of addressing systemic issues that can lead to such events.

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STATEMENT ON LOSS OF ACCESS TO JAIL VIDEO

For immediate release: January 18, 2023

The New York City Board of Correction (BOC) is a nine-person oversight board that regulates, monitors, and inspects the correctional facilities of the City. The Board of Correction has carried out critical independent oversight for the City of New York since 1957, despite being a relatively small agency with limited resources. Our staff are the Board’s “eyes and ears” inside the jails, working to evaluate complaints, review incidents, and make recommendations for compliance with the Minimum Standards for confinement. The Board sets a baseline for what New York City must provide to people in custody in order to maintain humane jails.

The Department of Correction recently revoked the Board staff’s access to independently view Genetec, the Body worn Camera System, and handheld video at any time, and forbade the recording and use of such video in our work.

The revocation of access to video at any time stands at odds with the New York City Charter. Under the NYC Charter the Board must have the right to:

  • The inspection and visitation at any time of all institutions and facilities under the jurisdiction of the department
  • The inspection of all books, records, documents, and papers of the Department for the evaluation of departmental performance.
  • The board may compel the attendance of witnesses, require the production of books, accounts, papers and other evidence, administer oaths, examine persons, and conduct public or private hearings, studies and investigations. The board may institute proceedings in a court of appropriate jurisdiction to enforce its subpoena power and other authority pursuant to this section.

Therefore, the Board of Correction requests immediate and full restoration of access to and recording of Genetec, the Body worn Camera System, and handheld video.

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