Agency: Rikers Island, 4 upstate jails ‘worst’ in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A state watchdog agency has deemed Rikers Island and four upstate jails as the worst local jails in New York.

The Commission of Correction on Wednesday submitted to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the Legislature a report that identifies “the most problematic local correctional facilities.”

In addition to Rikers Island, which is run by New York City, the report listed the other “worst offenders” as the Greene County Jail in Catskill, the Buffalo area’s Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility, the Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie, and the Syracuse area’s Onondaga County Justice Center and Penitentiary.

The chief counsel to the governor, Alphonso David, said the Cuomo administration will demand a quick resolution to what he called “systemic, unconscionable and illegal conditions.”

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