News Comment 5

Today, James C. McKinley Jr wrote an article titled “In Rape Case at Rikers: Did Guards Turn a Blind Eye?” which addressed numerous rapes that took place in New York’s Department of Correction Rikers Island. The article talks about assaults on different inmates all by the same¬†perpetrator in multiple locations around the jail under video surveillance. One victim has come forward and is pressing charges. Claims have been made that the rapist, Alexandria James, had help from some of the staff who apparently gave James access to closed off areas where assaults took place and gave her materials used in the attacks.

Fortunately, there is an ongoing investigation that will hopefully answer questions such as, if the jail has video surveillance around the building why were none of the assaults stopped and reported by the officers? How did James get access to closed off areas? How did James get access to banned materials used in some of the assaults? How could this have gone on as long as it did?

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/nyregion/rikers-rape-case-guards.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news



3 Comments so far

  1.   fuglsang on September 25th, 2017

    This is kind of a rare story. The news media don’t generally worry about what goes on in prisons, probably because most readers don’t care what goes on in prinsons. I don’t see the story spreading much beyond New York. Local.

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