STATE COMMISSION OF CORRECTION DELIVERS REPORT TO GOVERNOR CUOMO AND LEADERS OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE
The State Commission of Correction today delivered a letter and report to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie identifying the most problematic local correctional facilities of New York State.
Alphonso David, Chief Counsel to Governor Cuomo, said: "We have received a copy of the report on the 'worst local jails' in New York State. The report, which we will thoroughly review, instructively highlights the five most problematic facilities among the 74 that the state oversees. There is no doubt that we will demand focus and an expeditious resolution to these systemic, unconscionable and illegal conditions. The current plan to close Rikers Island Jail on a 10-year timeline is wholly unacceptable and repugnant to federal and state constitutional principles. The governor, who has been fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform his entire career, has repeatedly said 10 years is too long because 'justice delayed is justice denied.' The governor's vision for New York as the progressive capital of the nation is not rhetorical, but rather results driven. A fair, safe, and humane criminal justice system is essential for our state, and we will make it such."
The Commission has conducted extensive on-site inspections, interviews, and investigations on a number of local facilities. Several facilities have been found out of compliance more than once, thus endangering the health and safety of inmates and staff members. The Commission has issued numerous corrective action directives and provided staff to closely monitor and assist with the implementation of said corrective action plans. However, despite the Commission’s best efforts, some facilities still fail to meet minimum legal requirements for safe operation.
The Commission now issues this report on the five local jails that are deemed the “worst offenders” for being in violation of state law. These facilities pose an ongoing risk to the health and safety of staff and inmates and, in instances, impose cruel and inhumane treatment of inmates in violation of their Constitutional rights. Included in this report are synopses of evaluative determinations of non-compliance with state law and regulations, a description of Commission enforcement efforts, a brief analysis of significant facility incidents reported by the various facilities to the Commission, summaries of Commission investigative report findings regarding inmate mortalities, and an account of the sanitation and physical plant conditions afflicting the facilities.
The five local facilities determined as “worst offenders,” after years of review, are: the New York City Rikers Island Facilities, the Greene County Jail, the Erie County Holding Center/Correctional Facility, the Dutchess County Jail and the Onondaga County Justice Center/Penitentiary
Full report here: