Mayor Eric Adams and Correction Commissioner Louis Molina boasted final week of their progress in restoring security to town’s jails. Interesting timing: Three individuals died over simply days across the similar time whereas within the custody of Molina’s company. Maybe boasting wasn’t such an awesome thought.
- At the beginning of the week, Anibal Carrasquillo, 39, grew to become the seventh detainee to die on Rikers Island this yr; he died of an obvious drug overdose in his cell. Drug overdose? How does that occur in a jail?
- The subsequent day, Albert Drye, 50, succumbed on the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward; his reason behind dying is unclear.
- The day after that, Antonio Bradley, 28, died from accidents sustained when he hanged himself in a Bronx court docket holding cell eight days beforehand.
Meanwhile, The Post reported that one Department of Correction facility, the Eric M. Taylor Center, has been so severely understaffed that the majority new admissions aren’t body-scanned for medication, weapons or different contraband upon arrival — and that slashings, stabbings and overcrowding woes have surged.
Yet Adams claims he’s “happy with what I’m seeing.” He pointed to the confiscation of two,700 weapons at Rikers since February and reported that stabbings and slashings had been really down 63%.
Maybe so. Yet this yr, detainee deaths in metropolis jails are on tempo to prime the 16 in 2021. And the reviews of violence are nonetheless past troubling.
The Post realized that Molina shut down the Otis Bantum Correctional Center this month and transferred numerous prime workers members to EMTC in an effort to quell the violence. It’s a superb begin.
Clearly, Adams and Molina know the highlight’s on them. They barely averted a federal takeover of Rikers lately when a choose accredited a plan letting them preserve management for not less than the subsequent few months.
And, in equity, the de Blasio administration left them a royal mess, with staffing and different complicated points that aren’t simple to repair shortly.
But attempting to place a cheerful face on the state of affairs — at the same time as three individuals die in a matter of days — is hardly the suitable response. They want to revive order quick.
After all, countless headlines about Rikers’ deaths will solely push New York’s looniest progressives to argue that the jails are too unsafe for anybody to be despatched to them — and so they could be proper. What will Adams do to regulate crime then?