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U.S. to sue New York City over treatment of young Rikers Island inmates
U.S. to sue New York City over treatment of young Rikers Island inmates

Federal prosecutors plan to sue New York City on Thursday over its handling of violence against young inmates held on Rikers Island.  Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a filing Thursday that his office wants to speed reforms to the jail complex following a Justice Department report in August that found "Rikers is a dangerous place for adolescents" where a "pervasive climate of fear exists." At a news conference announcing the move, Bharara said, "[T]oday we have taken a legal step that we believe is necessary ... much much more needs to be done," to safeguard inmates at Rikers, he said. Bharara...

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