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Comptroller’s dashboard of ongoing jail system issues shows increase in assaults, but more discharges

July 2, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE IN THE CITY’S JAIL SYSTEM increased in every category excluding slashings and stabbings, according to the latest monthly metrics from City Comptroller Brad Lander’s dashboard. First published in August 2022 to provide increased transparency and accountability over the City’s jail system, the dashboard monitors pervasive issues in the City’s jails, including staff absenteeism, missed medical appointments and incidents of violence among detained people and staff. During June, there were 63 recorded assaults and 575 fights broke out. DOC jails housed 6,351 individuals total as of June 14. During May, 2,084 individuals entered DOC custody. Incarcerated individuals missed medical appointments 12,224 times in May. 

The dashboard slows slightly good news: six fewer slashings and stabbings than in April, with 17 recorded during the past month. DOC discharged 2,051 people in May, 98 more people than in April. The average length of detainment in DOC custody was 102 days in May, a 3 day decrease from April.


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