Monday, May 1, 2017

Drug Use Soars at Rikers Island as Inmates Get High and Rarely Face Punishment

A New York Daily News Exclusive

By Reuven Blau

Marijuana use is rampant on Rikers Island, and consequences for lighting up are so rare that inmates are practically blowing smoke in the faces of their jailers, insiders say.

In fact, drug use is up across the board, yet detainees who refuse screenings face little or no punishment, according to correction officers and supervisors.

The number of times inmates refused to take a drug test skyrocketed 282%, from 288 in 2012 to 1,102 in 2016, records obtained from a Freedom of Information Law request show.

Sources said the numbers mean all the tough talk on jail discipline is nothing more than a smoke screen.

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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report) 

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