The videos show the dire circumstances of New York's infamous prison, Rikers Island.  (Symbol image)

Attempted stabbing and fighting nights in cell 15: According to a report, the guards in the New York prison have partially lost control.

New York – Attempted stabbing and fighting nights in cell 15: At New York’s controversial Rikers Island Prison, the guards got you New York Times report according to partially lost control.

The videos show the dire circumstances of New York’s infamous prison, Rikers Island. (Symbol picture) © 123RF / lightfieldstudios

From the newspaper published Videos showed, among other things, how prisoners in a wing forced men to fight each other without being stopped by the officers. One recording showed a guard who observed what was happening but did not intervene.

According to the descriptions, which cite court documents and an interview with a former inmate, staff shortages are one of the reasons why the situation in the notorious detention center is out of control.

There is a high number of sick prison guards and not enough officials to put the prisoners in their place.

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According to the newspaper, a gang in part of Rikers has, at least temporarily, the de facto decision-making power as to who is allowed to eat and when to use their phone.

Rikers Island in the East River between Queens and Manhattan has long been a symbol of a dysfunctional US prison system and has fallen into ever deeper crisis since the beginning of the corona pandemic. Thousands of prisoners are locked up on Rikers – 15 of them died in the past year alone.

The new Mayor Eric Adams had called the institution a “national embarrassment”. He wants to close it by 2027.

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