FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2022
PROGRESS MADE IN RESTORING SAFETY AND SECURITY IN DOC FACILITIES HEADING INTO FIRST 100 DAYS OF NEW ADMINISTRATION
East Elmhurst, NY - Less than three months into the new administration, DOC is pleased to announce progress in restoring safety and security in several key areas of the city’s jail system, including reductions in assaults on staff, use of force incidents, and the seizure of contraband weapons.
Since January 1st, the Department has seen improvement in the below safety and security indicators:
In recent weeks, the department has also resumed regular Tactical Search Operations (TSOs), which have resulted in the confiscation of over 100 weapons.
The latest improvements come after progress on several other fronts, including the return of over 1300 staff who had been out during the Omicron wave, the resumption of 8-hour shifts at five facilities, and the return of women who had been transferred to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility due to staffing shortages. The department has also begun rebalancing gang-affiliated housing in several facilities.
“Even before joining DOC in January, I was well-aware of the history of problems facing the Department. We must do better, and we can do better. We are moving forward as swiftly as possible to fix longstanding issues,” said Correction Commissioner Louis A. Molina. “I am also committed to supporting our staff as much as possible, such as bringing the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and related support programs back in person at Rikers. We must invest in our employees and our infrastructure today and as we move forward.”
Full list of improvements since Jan. 1:
Various challenges remain, from security issues to staffing limitations to leadership needs to data and reporting, to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Despite the challenges, the Department’s leadership team remains committed to investing in our employees, infrastructure and creating a safe environment for all who work and live here.
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