The newly-minted metropolis corrections commissioner is cracking down on employees assaults and searching for faster rearrests for a variety of infractions as Rikers Island continues to roil from chaos, The Submit has realized.
The up to date method was detailed in a Wednesday evening memo from DOC Chief of Division Kenneth Stukes to all division commanding officers – ordering them to ship complete studies on inmate infractions “in a well timed style” to the Correction Intelligence Bureau so as to ultimately search legal prosecution.
Inmate infractions that fall underneath the brand new directive vary from extreme offenses like stabbings, slashings and assaults – to inmates spitting on or splashing staffers.
Wednesday’s memo indicators a shift on how employees assaults and inmate infractions can be handled underneath Commissioner Louis Molina, who was tapped to guide the troubled division in December underneath Mayor Eric Adams.
Whereas rearresting inmates for crimes dedicated in-custody has “all the time” been pursued within the division, it has typically solely been searched for extra extreme offenses, a veteran jailhouse supply with 10 years on the job informed The Submit.
“I’ve solely seen rearrests for critical accidents and huge portions of medicine,” the supply mentioned.
“Little issues like property destruction, discovery of contraband or harmful devices, I’ve by no means seen an inmate rearrested for that. That’s a constant incidence and exhausting to maintain up with to course of the inmate for rearrest.”
Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains’ Affiliation, concurred.
“Each time somebody was spat on and even had substances thrown on them, arrests didn’t happen as a result of if it did, half of Rikers Island can be rearrested regularly,” Ferraiuolo mentioned.
He theorized that Wednesday’s memo was despatched out, partially, to spice up morale and present officers that assaults can be taken extra critically because the division continues to grapple with an ongoing staffing disaster that’s led to the hellish circumstances.
“I imagine [Molina] is simply actually making an attempt to help employees by sending a message by saying if any of those offenses happen in opposition to you, we’re going to maneuver to arrest the inmate,” the union president mentioned.
The jailhouse insider was uncertain if the protocol would change issues, however mentioned “it’s a step in the proper route.”
“The workload is de facto overwhelming for everybody and that can be a variety of arrests,” the supply added.
The DOC didn’t reply a request for remark.