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Embattled NY jail's investigations chief 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 amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths.

The city says Deputy Commissioner Florence Finkle submitted her resignation Friday. Finkle hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

City spokeswoman Marti Adams says no replacement has been named.

Federal investigators this month criticized the jail system for poor accountability, a "deep-seated culture of violence" and "excessive and inappropriate" solitary confinement. Their 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 including not following safeguards to prevent suicides and deaths of mentally ill inmates. One inmate died in a 101-degree cell.



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