Failure To Prosecute and Discipline Perpetuates "Culture of Violence" at Rikers Island, Charged Seymour W. James, Jr., Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society

The "Culture of Violence" at Rikers Island is perpetuated by the unwillingness of the Bronx DA to prosecute correction officers who brutally beat inmates and DOCs failure to discipline these guards. A report by the U.S. Attorney's Office placed much of the blame for the "culture of violence" on the failure to punish guards who use unnecessary and excessive force. The report confirms The Legal Aid Society's allegations in Nunez v. City of New York, addressing excessive force against adolescent and adult populations at Rikers. Often, instead of charging guards who beat inmates, the inmates are charged with assaulting the correction officers who have beaten them.