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COBA president talks DOC's management of COVID-19 in jails
By: Dan Mannarino , Veronica Rosario September 22, 20. 13:39


NEW YORK — The Department of Correction was in the hot seat Monday during a City Council hearing over how the COVID-19 response was handled in jails.

During the hearing, the department patted itself on the back for its pandemic management, but the head of the union representing New York City's correction officers accused the DOC of doing too little, too late.

Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Benny Boscio Jr. spoke with the PIX11 Morning News just a day after testifying at the hearing.

Boscio said 576 inmates and 1,430 correction officers tested positive for COVID-19. That's nearly three times the number of officers than inmates.

He said eight of his officers lost their lives to the virus.

DOC Commissioner Cynthia Brann testified Monday that her agency acted quickly to sanitize jails and provide PPE for officers and inmates

However, the COBA president claimed he had to sue the DOC in order to get that PPE.

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are new security concerns at Rikers Island after two inmates attacked two guards in what is being called a planned assault.

One of the attacks was caught on video.

The incidents are raising new questions about violence at the massive jail complex and whether new initiatives are working.

By: Tim Fleischer September 14, 16. 9:38

Days after Mayor de Blasio touted an "astonishing" turnaround at several units in Rikers Island, two inmates unleashed simultaneous attacks against correction officers in an apparent attempt to get transferred out of one of the specialized facilities, sources say.

Around the same time, an inmate was nearly killed after he was slashed in the neck in a different building at the troubled jail complex, capping a bloody Friday.

By: BY STEPHEN REX BROWN AND REUVEN BLAU September 13, 16. 11:26

A Rikers Island inmate is charged with attacking three correction officers last month, including one who was slashed with a scalpel.

By: The Associated Press September 5, 16. 12:38

Rikers guards are so disgusted with the rampant corruption going on within their ranks that some “stood and applauded” when another officer was arrested during roll call last week, a city official revealed Sunday.

By: By Tina Moore August 25, 16. 15:06