Rikers Island descends into ‘disorder and chaos’ as Queens lawmaker discovers troubling development

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Hours before a scathing report from a federal probe revealed “chaos” on Rikers Island, Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann announced on Tuesday that she would step down from her post on May 31 after three years at the helm of the city’s prison system.

The latest report from the Nunez federal monitor describes “how the uniformed leadership in the jails perpetuates a chaotic environment plagued by operational failures that threaten security and chronic disruptions in basic services, such as recreation and commissary, that cause frustration and despair,” according to The Legal Aid Society.

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