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Court Strikes Down Appeal for Rikers Federal Monitor

Under pressure to respond to the high volume of deaths and misconduct at Rikers Island, a U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain denied requests by attorneys of Rikers Island detainees to appoint a federal receiver to regulate the jail, Matt Katz reports for the Gothamist.

The request was denied in part due to what Swain called “important indications of improvement,” in recent benchmarks reported by the jail’s Nunez federal monitor. Mary Lynne Werlwas, an attorney for the Legal Aid Society called the current state of NYC jails “one of the most profound failures of governance in this city’s recent history.” If conditions continue to worsen at Rikers Island, Swain said a federal takeover could be on the table for next year.

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