Readers sound off on jail violence, Gottesman's parking spot, and bus service in Coop City
Added 07-12-19 03:13:01am EST - “Kew Gardens: Due to inmate violence and crime, both correction officers and inmates are unsafe in the Department of Correction. As a retired assistant deputy warden and former commanding officer of intelligence, I say that under Mayor…” - Nydailynews.com
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Kew Gardens: Due to inmate violence and crime, both correction officers and inmates are unsafe in the Department of Correction. As a retired assistant deputy warden and former commanding officer of intelligence, I say that under Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Cynthia Brann, we have seen the highest inmate violence and lowest staff morale in DOC’s history. Meanwhile, the mayor continues his frivolous campaign masquerading as a Democratic presidential candidate and the commissioner patiently waits for serendipity to solve the DOC’s problems.
The last five years have been devastating for the DOC as Brann continues to administer the same failed policies disguised as reform. Unfortunately, the corrections officers and inmates will continue to suffer.
Brann and de Blasio must look within, see beyond the politics and realize the enormous damage and destruction they have brought to the DOC. They only need to look at the pictures and videos of the correction officers and inmates who have been attacked and injured. Many officers are left with permanent injuries due to vicious assaults by inmates and scores of inmates have been victims of cold-blooded slashings and stabbings.
Brann’s objective must be to keep everyone safe. Instead she is obsequious to de Blasio and seeks to appease and pander to special interest groups. What is clear to everyone else is that the inmates that violate DOC rules, attack staff and victimize other inmates, actually benefit from de Blasio’s detrimental policies and Brann’s inept leadership. Marc Bullaro
Brooklyn: Steve Zeidman’s op-ed, “The state Legislature’s criminal justice reform failures” (July 8), rightly calls attention to critical reforms that did not pass this legislative session. The failure to pass the Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole bills leaves in place a system that metes out unfathomably long sentences and too often ignores transformation and the human processes of maturation, reflection, regret and the desire to repair. Our system also affects the thousands of children and families of those left inside. While the best thing for most children would be for their parents to come home, children want and need access to their incarcerated parents. We at the Osborne Association urge our elected officials to pass three existing bills directing the state to place parents in correctional facilities closest to their children, restoring the free Visiting Bus program, and codifying the right to in-person visiting so children can always hug and climb on the laps of their parents. Tanya Krupat
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