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Investigations chief at embattled NYC jails quits

August 22, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of internal investigations at New York City's embattled Rikers Island jail complex has resigned.

The city says Deputy Commissioner Florence Finkle submitted her resignation Friday.

Spokeswoman Marti Adams says replacement has been named.

Finkle did not immediately return a message.

Her departure comes amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths at Rikers Island.

Federal investigators this month excoriated the jail system for a lack of accountability, a "deep-seated culture of violence" and "excessive and inappropriate" solitary confinement.

The report focused on juvenile facilities but said its conclusions could extend to all Rikers jails.

The Associated Press has written extensively on issues at Rikers. They include not following safeguards to prevent suicides and deaths of mentally ill inmates, including one who died in a 101-degree cell.



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