“Today, a report published by independent monitor Steve Martin confirmed what we already know — Rikers Island is irredeemable. With brutal tactics that would sound excessive in a war zone, Corrections Officers have proven they cannot be trusted to de-escalate violence, and are often the sole perpetrators of violence in the jail complex.

“Only on a Torture Island – inhumane, isolated, and hopelessly steeped in a culture of violence – could the use of force actually increase, even as the number of people being detained has decreased. It’s important for New Yorkers to remember that this level of violence occurs even as the Mayor continues to invest in the failed agency that is the Department of “Corrections.”

“We once again must state emphatically and without hesitation that the problem with Rikers is Rikers and we must #CLOSErikers now!”

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