New York City Comptroller Brad Lander released his office’s monthly updated data to the Department of Corrections (DOC) Dashboard which monitors persistent issues and mistreatment in NYC jails.
This particular dashboard aims to monitor common issues at city jails which primarily include chronic staff absenteeism as well as incidents of death among incarcerated people and jail staff.
Additionally, this report tracks the Rikers Island jail center’s population, which rose approximately 2% in September of this year.
“Just this past weekend, Erick Tavira died in a mental health observation unit in a jail on Rikers Island,” said Comptroller Brad Lander. “He was the 17th person to die just this year, and the 33rd since January 2021. Decades of mismanagement and impunity have reached a crisis point on the island that we cannot turn away from. We cannot continue to lock growing numbers of our neighbors away out of sight to await trial in crumbling facilities home to a culture of impunity and brutality.”