Ajax loader
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies as described in Cookie Policy.

Can't find what you're looking for?

 

Be sure to Sign in to see all available content.

 

If you don't have an account, Register here.

Search results for:

USA-RIKERS/
RTX1MUFV
August 03, 2015
Donte Walker, 21, poses for a photograph at a bus stop outside his residence in Poughkeepsie, New York,...
Poughkeepsie, UNITED STATES
Walker, 21, poses for a photograph at a bus stop outside his residence in Poughkeepsie, New York
Donte Walker, 21, poses for a photograph at a bus stop outside his residence in Poughkeepsie, New York, October 5, 2014. Walker says he was the age of 16 through 18 years-old when he was detained and served time on Rikers Island from 2010 to 2012 for assault, possession of firearm and armed robbery. After one altercation with another inmate, Walker says he was put in flexicuffs and punched "Mad hard, like real hard" in the face by a correctional officer. When asked if he reported the incident he said, "Cause who you report it to? You gonna report it to another CO (correctional officer) which he's cool with. He probably eats lunch with everyday. And he's gonna tell him and now they gonna whoop your ass even more." Rikers, one of the largest jail complexes in the country which houses around 9,800 prisoners, came under scrutiny after the Justice Department in August 2014 issued a report that described a pattern of violent abuse of male inmates aged 16 to 18 by jail staff. In response to questions from Reuters, a spokesman for Rikers Island Department of Correction (DOC) said that, "Since Commissioner (Joseph) Ponte's appointment last year, he has significantly reformed the care and custody of adolescent inmates, resulting in substantial decline in violence in the adolescent facility." The spokesman added that safety for staff and inmates is Commissioner Ponte's "top priority" and that "DOC has a zero-tolerance police with regards to abuse." Reuters has been unable to independently verify the statements provided by the individual in this portrait. Picture taken October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff
Sort by
Display
Items per page
Page
of 1