Op-ed | Punitive segregation ban will only endanger more correction officers on Rikers Island

Like many female Correction Officers, I joined the New York City Department of Correction in 2006 to provide a better life for my family. I was also interested in pursuing a career that gave me opportunity to make a meaningful difference to serve on the front lines in the Criminal Justice System.

Initially, I was assigned to work with mentally ill inmates at the medical clinic at the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island, ensuring all of their medical needs were met.

As a young mom, I knew that working in a jail environment would never be easy, but I also never expected to encounter the vile and outright deplorable sexual harassment and abuse that so many of my fellow officers were subjected to on a daily basis.