NYC judge orders release of Rikers Island detainee, citing inmate ‘fight club,’ horrific jail conditions
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NEW YORK — In a decision that could have broader implications for the beleaguered city jail system, a Manhattan judge ordered the release of a Rikers Island detainee because the city Correction Department failed to prevent appalling conditions and “fight club” violence. Judge April Newbauer wrote in her scathing Dec. 22 decision that Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi and Mayor de Blasio “utterly failed” to prevent the crisis at Rikers Island despite clear warning signs. The conditions of confinement for the inmate — identified using the pseudonym “Relator G” — amount of a violation of ...