Human resources

Task force to bring all the resources and expertise of the municipal government to address the Rikers Island crisis

Mayor Eric Adams signs Executive Order 16, creating an interagency task force that formalizes the whole-of-government approach the Adams administration has already taken to the crisis at Rikers Island.

With the full support of City Hall, the task force will coordinate and implement the multi-agency solutions needed to support the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC), augment resources as needed, and provide Adams real-time information about the city. efforts.

“Rikers Island has been mired in dysfunction and plagued by parallel crises for decades. We cannot – and will not – allow this to continue,” Adams said. “Since taking office and our working with the monitoring team, we have seen a reduction in the use of force and assaults on staff, an increase in searches for weapons and contraband, and fewer officers on sick leave, but we need to go further away.”

The goal is clear: to implement the recommended reforms as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure the safety of inmates and correctional officers, and to build a functional, safe and humane prison system. The task force will be chaired by Chief Counsel Brendan McGuire and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Phillip Banks.

“A dysfunctional government and agencies operating in silos is an unacceptable excuse for the dangerous conditions that have persisted on the Rikers for years,” Banks said. “This task force, bolstered by the full support of City Hall, will improve communications between agencies that have historically hindered past attempts at progress. We will reform Rikers, build safer prisons, and together we will build a safer city. safe for all New Yorkers.

In addition to the co-chairs, the working group will include representatives from the DOC, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the New York City Law Department, the New York City Office of Labor Relations, the Office of the New York City Management and Budget, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the New York City Department of Administrative Services, and the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Additional agencies will be added as needed.

“This vital support from City Hall finally gives this agency the help it needs to keep our prison system safe and secure and to meet the demands of the consent judgment in spirit and letter,” said the DOC commissioner, Louis A. Molina. “I look forward to working with the dedicated and talented partners of our sister agencies. Together, we will transform our prison system into a model of security and humanity.