New images from the infamous US prison Rikers Island show the horrifying living conditions inmates are subjected to.
The images were shown to Manhattan, New York, prosecutors by the Board of Correction last month – detailing the nightmare prisoners there have to live with.
Staffing shortages have hampered the New York department of corrections and images show an inmate sitting in his own poo for 11 hours in the intake centre before being given new clothes.
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The images were shown to hundreds of prosecutors at District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.
Another man was trapped in a decontamination room for 24 hours. He was eventually taken out on the gurney having self-harmed.
Around 200 to 300 prosecutors were shown the images, according to the New York Post.
There were also images of unresponsive detainees being carried downstairs and across hallways by fellow inmates to try and get them help.
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In a startling video, an inmate is seen being given first aid by fellow inmates following a suspected overdose.
Damaged infrastructure, empty exercise yards and rotten food also featured in the slideshow.
The island prison, situated off the northeast coast of Manhattan, has seen 16 inmates die or be discharged for compassionate reasons already in 2022.
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Responding to the shocked reactions of the prosecutors, Five Mualimm-Ak, president of the Incarcerated Nation Network and a former Rikers detainee, told the Post: “I think they never really had seen the images the BOC provided and it confirmed a lot of things they heard the first time – they’ve seen the suffering and the pain and the mismanagement of the jail system.”
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Department of Correction Commissioner Louis Molina said in a statement: “Our infrastructure and staffing challenges, which are the result of years of mismanagement and neglect, are no secret.
“Every day we are pursuing our Action Plan in partnership with the Federal Monitor to permanently eradicate the very conditions seen in some of these photos.”
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The prison is named after Abraham Rycken who, in 1664, took control of the island. The prison now stands at around 400 acres in size and is one of the largest correctional institutions worldwide.
The Daily Star has contacted the New York Department of Corrections for comment.
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