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LAS Decries Latest Nunez Report on Abuse, Misconduct at City Jails

The Legal Aid Society decried a recent report issued from Steve J. Martin, independent Federal Court-appointed Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York et. al., concerning misuse of force in New York City jails. The independent Monitor was appointed by the Court after Legal Aid, private firms and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York settled a lawsuit against the City demanding that the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) meaningfully address the scourge of excessive force that has long been entrenched at Rikers Island and other City jails, reports THE CITY.

“Wardens take little or no responsibility for what happens in their jails. Officers initiate conflict with people in custody that leads to violence. Leaders are not called to task for failing to manage insubordinate and hostile staff,” said Mary Lynne Werlwas, Director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project at The Legal Aid Society.

Read the full report here.