Jails Action Coalition Reacts to Annual Release of Basic Stats Regarding Rape and Sexual Assault and Harassment on Rikers

05 Jul Jails Action Coalition Reacts to Annual Release of Basic Stats Regarding Rape and Sexual Assault and Harassment on Rikers

#EndRapeOnRikers • nycjac.org

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WHAT:

 

The NYC Jails Action Coalition and its partner advocates demand the NYC DOC:

  1. Hold hearings to make sure that the DOC is implementing it rules, and if not why not.
  2. Hold hearings to determine whether the rules need to be strengthened since too many people are reporting abuse and too few allegations are being believed.
  3. Provide DETAILED INFORMATION about the numbers released on July 5, 2017. For instance, WE NEED TO KNOW WHO THESE COMPLAINTS ARE BEING MADE BY—WOMEN, MEN, YOUNG ADULTS OR LGBTI PERSONS; WHAT JAILS THESE COMPLAINTS ARE COMING FROM; AND WHETHER STAFF WHO ARE COMPLAINED ABOUT HAVE BEEN COMPLAINED ABOUT BEFORE.
  4. Provide new deadlines for the parts of its PREA plan not initialized on time and according to its own schedule.
  5. Provide more granular detail about the numbers released on July 5, 2017. For instance, we have no idea which facilities the complaints are coming from, what the complaints are about or who is making them.
  6. Begin to track sexual assaults and harassment enacted on visitors to our City jails and Rikers island.

WHY:    Among Other Deficiencies The Final PREA Rule Approved and Published by the BOC Failed to:

  • Include enhanced monitoring of staff that returns to duty following one or many—allegations of abuse.
  • Include Additional improvements to investigations—including requiring that civilian staff conduct Departmental investigations of correction officer abuse, and that weight be given to patterns of misconduct (as is permitted in criminal prosecutions).
  • Require that camera footage be maintained longer than 90 days due to known reluctance of sexual abuse victims to report.
  • Require detailed public reporting on sexual abuse & sexual harassment.
  • Require specific protections for transgender women confined in a male facility, where they remain at extraordinary risk. While the Final Rule properly rejects genitalia as dispositive as to where transgender persons are housed, specific protections should also be required for transgender women.
  • Require training for staff assigned to guard transgender prisoners be completed by the end of 2017. Four more years, until 2020, is too long to wait.