Correction officials a no show at NYC oversight meeting – New York Daily News

Correction Department officials did not attend Tuesday’s long-scheduled Board of Correction hearing, citing a visit by the federal monitor overseeing the city jail system.
In most months, a large retinue of Correction officials and Commissioner Louis Molina attend the hearings. Tuesday’s hearing was to cover a range of issues including issues around the 16 deaths in the jails so far in 2022 and 16 more in 2021.
“The commissioner’s absence from this hearing today shows a complete disrespect for this board and the public,” Jennifer Parish of the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project said. “Clearly, the Department of Correction is a failed institution. I don’t know what more evidence is needed.”
DOC Commissioner Louis Molina (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)
Correction Department General Counsel Paul Shechtman sent an email to the board on Monday evening about the last-minute cancellation.
“The federal monitor is here for a visit that extends into tomorrow,” Shechtman wrote, apologizing for the late notice. “Under the circumstances, Commissioner Molina and his senior staff cannot attend tomorrow’s meeting.”
Correction spokesman James Boyd in a statement Tuesday the commissioner offered to meet with the board later Tuesday or Wednesday.
Molina also did not attend the hearing in September, citing an event with Mayor Adams.
Anna Friedberg, a lawyer with the monitoring group, did not reply to an email.
Correction Department officials did not attend Tuesday’s long-scheduled Board of Correction hearing, citing a visit by the federal monitor overseeing the jail system. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)
During the hearing, board member Freya Rigterink listed a series of data the board has requested in recent months but not received on recruitment, the staffing crisis, the number of officers working double and triple shifts. and other areas.
“All of this together paints a picture that there is a real troubling lack of transparency and that much more information is needed about the conditions in the jails and what the plan is,” Rigterink said.
Officers and members of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association spoke in opposition to a bill that would ban the use of solitary confinement. The bill has broad support in the City Council, but is opposed by the Correction Department and Adams.
“You can’t take people who are violent and just put them in general population,” said Correction Officer Maurice Smith. “This is simple. It’s not rocket science. … Take violent offenders, remove them, segregate them, give them the services they need. These people have antisocial behaviors.”
On Thursday, Molina asked the board to allow the agency to lock detainees at the George R. Vierno Center in their cells for longer periods following a wave of violence that saw seven slashings last weekend.
On Friday, possibly sensing resistance to the proposal, the agency withdrew the request.
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