Officers on Rikers Island 'violate the constitutional rights of adolescent inmates,' says the Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, following a 2-year investigation. Rikers Island's cycle of violence violates teen inmates' constitutional rights. Punishment of inmates found guilty is 'imprisonment' & does NOT include rape, threat by inmates, or beatings by prison guards.. the "pound of flesh" principle. The safety of prisoners MUST be ensured, or the system MUST pay for violations.
Family of Rikers Island Inmate Who Died From Untreated Ulcer Receives $1,500,000 Settlement The family of Victor Woods—an inmate of the New York City jail who died from his untreated ulcers—won a $1.5 million judgment from the city. [Photo] view of the entrance to Rikers Island jail complex in New York City