As part of a collective outcry over the mounting death toll at the city’s notorious Rikers Island temporary detention facility, the scene was repeated at all five criminal courthouses across New York City on Monday.
The lawyers, loosely organized in the group “5 Boro Defenders,” started their court sessions with a detailed rundown of the 12 deaths, including COVID-19-related fatalities, unattended medical emergencies and suicides, several of which occurred at Rikers, which is plagued by severe understaffing. One in five guards are using sick leave to avoid showing up, reported the NY Post.
The attorneys' list did not include released prisoners who later died of COVID-19 contracted while in the city’s jails. “
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