This recent NY Daily News article here discusses the increase in violence on rikers island (including slashings and gang related attacks) despite more money than ever being pumped into fixing it. This is evidence that Rikers needs a complete system overhaul. Closing it down will not fix any of this (in fact, once can argue it is likely easier to get blades into smaller facilities than it is into Rikers) but something should be done.
Have you been the victim of assault while on Rikers Island, either by another inmate or a CO? Would you like to file a notice of claim or complaint or lawsuit? Please click here to obtain free help and information on how to do this correctly. If the claim is not filed correctly you may lose your ability to recover anything. It also must be done on time (within 90 days from the date of incident).