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U.S. plans to sue New York City over treatment of young Rikers Island inmates
U.S. plans 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.  U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara in 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." In the filing, Bharara and Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said young inmates were being "subjected to unconstitutional conditions and confinement." “For years, staff responsible for managing [inmates] have had...

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