Rikers ‘emergency’ needs outside expertise to replace city mismanagement, federal monitor says

The federal monitor overseeing Rikers Island has warned that the out-of-control jail system is in a “state of emergency” — insisting outside help is needed to overcome “mismanagement” and “prevalent” failings.

“We are gravely concerned that the Department has made no appreciable progress to ameliorate the dangerous conditions in the jails,” monitor Steve Martin wrote in a letter filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, hours before an emergency conference Friday.

“The current state of affairs is nothing short of an emergency posing an immediate threat to the safety and well-being of Inmates and Staff,” Martin warned Judge Laura Swain.

Noting the “long history of systemic mismanagement and

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