NEW YORK (AP) — A federal lawsuit says New York City has sent dozens of young Rikers Island inmates to an upstate jail where they’ve been brutalized and held in solitary confinement, despite a city policy barring such confinement for anyone under 22.
A complaint filed Friday accuses the city of using jail transfers to punish inmates and circumvent its solitary-confinement rules. The suit alleges the Albany County jail staff unjustly beats the young men and forcibly conducts rectal searches.
The New York Times, which first reported the suit, says city mayoral spokesman Eric Phillips called jail transfers “the safest option” for some young detainees facing safety threats.
Phillips hasn’t immediately responded to an email Saturday from The Associated Press. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office and a county official haven’t immediately returned calls.