DOC cracking down on staff assaults – seeking quicker inmate rearrests

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The newly-minted metropolis corrections commissioner is cracking down on staff assaults and seeking quicker rearrests for a variety of infractions as Rikers Island continues to roil from chaos, The Post has discovered.

The up to date method was detailed in a Wednesday night time memo from DOC Chief of Department Kenneth Stukes to all division commanding officers – ordering them to ship complete stories on inmate infractions “in a timely fashion” to the Correction Intelligence Bureau in an effort to ultimately search legal prosecution.

Inmate infractions that fall below the brand new directive vary from extreme offenses like stabbings, slashings and assaults – to inmates spitting on or splashing staffers.

Wednesday’s memo alerts a shift on how staff assaults and inmate infractions can be handled below Commissioner Louis Molina, who was tapped to guide the troubled division in December below Mayor Eric Adams.

While rearresting inmates for crimes dedicated in-custody has “always” been pursued within the division, it has usually solely been searched for extra extreme offenses, a veteran jailhouse supply with 10 years on the job advised The Post.

“I’ve only seen rearrests for serious injuries and large quantities of drugs,” the supply mentioned.

Kenneth Stukes, Department of Corrections Chief of Department, speaks at a press conference after NYC mayor Bill de Blasio toured Rikers Island.
Kenneth Stukes ordered all division commanding officers to ship complete stories on inmate infractions “in a timely fashion” to the Correction Intelligence Bureau.
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“Little things like property destruction, discovery of contraband or dangerous instruments, I’ve never seen an inmate rearrested for that. That’s a consistent occurrence and hard to keep up with to process the inmate for rearrest.”

Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains’ Association, concurred.

“Every time someone was spat on or even had substances thrown on them, arrests did not occur because if it did, half of Rikers Island would be rearrested on a regular basis,” Ferraiuolo mentioned.

Louis Molina seen during Mayor-elect Eric Adams announcement on his pick for Department of Correction Commissioner at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Louis Molina was Mayor Adams’ choose for Department of Correction Commissioner.
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He theorized that Wednesday’s memo was despatched out, partly, to spice up morale and present officers that assaults can be taken extra critically because the division continues to grapple with an ongoing staffing disaster that’s led to the hellish situations.

“I believe [Molina] is just really trying to support staff by sending a message by saying if any of these offenses occur against you, we’re going to move to arrest the inmate,” the union president mentioned.

The jailhouse insider was uncertain if the protocol would change issues, however mentioned “it’s a step in the right direction.”

“The workload is really overwhelming for everyone and that will be a lot of arrests,” the supply added.

The DOC didn’t reply a request for remark.

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