I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:36 / NY Teenagers in Prison - Noses Broken, Skulls Cracked

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    Aug 06, 2014 2:58 AM GMT
    (I don't have a replay of the radio broadcast but I found articles.)

    But the theme repeated throughout their 80-page report was that violence permeates the three Rikers facilities for 16- to 18-year-olds.

    The investigators found particular problems in the main jail that houses young inmates, the Robert N. Davoren Complex, where new correction officers are assigned to “one of the most combustible environments at Rikers, ill-equipped to cope with adolescents who are often belligerent and suffer from a wide range of mental illnesses and behavioral disorders,” assistant U.S. attorneys Jeffrey Powell and Emily Daughtry wrote.

    The consultant used by the federal prosecutors said that in reviewing hundreds of correctional systems, he had never seen such a high rate of punches to the head, such a high use-of-force rate and such pervasive inmate-on-inmate violence.

    In one August 2013 case, four unidentified inmates suffered broken noses, perforated eardrums, head trauma and facial injuries during a “brutal use of force” involving multiple guards in a trailer where school classes are held — and again later when they were handcuffed in a clinic holding area.


    The report, the result of a 2 1/2-year Justice Department investigation into violence at three Rikers Island juvenile jail facilities, recommended major reforms to almost every aspect of how young offenders are treated.

    It identified problems that occurred between 2011 and 2013 on Rikers that also likely hold true for adult inmates, including poor staff training, inadequate investigations, an ineffective management structure and the overuse of solitary confinement, particularly for mentally ill inmates.

    “It is a place where brute force is the first impulse rather than the last resort; where verbal insults are repaid with physical injuries; where beatings are routine while accountability is rare; and where a culture of violence endures even while a code of silence prevails,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a news conference.

    In past cases investigated by the Justice Department’s civil rights division, federal authorities work with local officials to reform the jails and reserve the right to sue if they feel reforms are not being done.

    Thank you Justice Department Civil Rights Division.

    When I was in prison, you visited me and saw civil rights were being violated and reform was needed.

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    Last fiscal year, there were 489 adolescent inmates, down from 682 in fiscal year 2013, when the average jail stint for 16- to 18-year-olds was 76 days. More than half had a mental health diagnosis. When they break jailhouse rules, such as refusing to obey orders or being verbally assaultive, they are sent to punitive segregation, a 23-hour lock-in essentially the same as solitary confinement.In one 21-month period, an average of 150 inmates received such punishment each month, resulting in a total of 143,823 days in solitary.


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    Finally I ask a sidebar question: people who want masculine / macho acting men, are these guards macho enough, masculine enough? Do you see where too much masculine/macho attitudes is wrong? We can say the same thing for the football players of decades ago were so masculine they were put back in the game with mega pain killers. How about the macho/masculine men in the arm with rape problems?

    I was listening to a news program on the radio and heard putting a teenager in solitary confinement does more harm than good.

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    Jesus (at Matthew 18: 1-6):

    ... But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! ...
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    Aug 06, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    Rikers Island is, in many ways, experiencing the mirror opposite trend of Manhattan. Ninety-five percent of the inmates in New York City jails are African-American or Latino, while these two groups make up only about half the city’s population. This, too, is obvious to anyone that’s ever been to Rikers Island. I spent about five years doing health-related research there and know this fact well.

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    Aug 06, 2014 3:17 AM GMT
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    Aug 06, 2014 3:19 AM GMT
    It’s perplexing why so many bristle at the idea of giving someone $25,000 in food or housing assistance, but raise no ruckus and provoke no national dialogue when we pay over $150,000 to feed and store that individual behind bars.

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    Aug 06, 2014 3:21 AM GMT
    More than 12,000 New York City students are incarcerated every year and attend school behind bars. Currently, there are 53 prison school sites run by New York City. Island Academy on Rikers, founded in 1959, was the country's first high school in a jail and because of high student turn over, it is now primarily a GED preparation program.

    At Rikers, classroom attendance is compulsory and an armed security guard is assigned to ever room. The average student reads at a fifth-grade level and almost 50 percent of the students are diagnosed as having special educational needs.

    Black and Hispanic youth make up an overwhelming 95 percent of students in New York City jail. An estimated 90 percent of the prison systems youth alumni are re-arrested by the time they're 28.

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    Aug 08, 2014 2:27 AM GMT
    I was in prison and you came to rape me. Matthew Something, can't remember his last name.