De Blasio Unveils Plan to Curb Violence at Rikers

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday unveiled additional details of his plan to curb violence at the problem-plagued Rikers Island after touring a highly restrictive housing unit for troublesome inmates.

Speaking in a recently renovated area that houses the 7 percent of inmates officials say drive most violence in the 11,000-inmate jail system, de Blasio touted reforms that include installing cameras, restricting inmate visits and beefing up screenings.

“It’s about launching a new era here on this island where violence will decrease steadily,” he said.

Just hours before the mayor’s visit, reporters witnessed a correction officer wheeled out of Rikers and put into an ambulance. Minutes later, an inmate, covering his eyes because he had been pepper sprayed, was escorted by another correction officer.