On Rikers Island, a Move Toward Reform Causes Trouble
Inmates in a new secure housing unit risk harm while shackled to desks, according to a New York City Board of Corrections report.
by Joaquin Sapien
ProPublica, July 26, 2017, 11:55 a.m
The entrance to Rikers Island in New York City (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — On Rikers Island, in a cell block for the jail’s most violent inmates, young men sit for hours, feet shackled to “restraint desks.”
The school-like desks, outfitted with chains and locks, are located in specialized cell blocks called Enhanced Supervision Housing units. In the most secure levels, inmates who have committed violent infractions — caused injury to another inmate or guard, or attempted to stab or slash someone in jail — can leave their cells for a minimum of seven hours every day, but must be locked to the desks for much of that time. ….https://www.propublica.org/article/on-rikers-island-a-move-toward-reform-causes-trouble