STAFF REPORT PUBLISHED: Barriers to Recreation at Rikers Island’s Central Punitive Segregation Unit, City of New York BOC Staff

01 Jul STAFF REPORT PUBLISHED: Barriers to Recreation at Rikers Island’s Central Punitive Segregation Unit, City of New York BOC Staff

Even individuals who are sentenced to solitary confinement are entitled to at least one hour of out-of-cell recreation every day. Minimum Standard § 1-06 (g). This BOC report found that only 10% of the people incarcerated at the largest solitary confinement facility on Rikers Island, the Central Punitive Segregation Unit (CPSU), engaged in recreation on any given day. The BOC found that DOC fails to provide people in CPSU with an opportunity to sign up for recreation, fails to staff CPSU in a manner that enables recreation, has cumbersome escorting processes that limit the number of people who can participate in recreation, fails to provide basic exercise equipment in the recreation cages, and does not have enough outdoor cages or any indoor facilities for recreation use. To our knowledge, DOC has not presented the Board with a specific plan for remedying this violation of the Board’s standard

Read and download the full report here: CPSU_Rec_Report