City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will introduce a bill to require two reports a year that show lawsuits against the Correction Department.
As she looks for ways to shut down Rikers Island, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants to shed more light on troubles inside the city’s jails by mandating public reports on lawsuits against the Department of Correction.
Mark-Viverito is set to introduce a bill next week to require two reports a year detailing how many lawsuits the department has been slapped with and how they were resolved.
They’d also have to list the name, rank, and years of service of individual correction officers who get sued — and flag whether they’ve been hit with other civil actions, revealing potential problem guards who get sued the most.
“Transparency is critical to criminal justice reform and this legislation will do just that,” said Mark-Viverito, who will introduce the bill at Tuesday’s Council meeting.
Mark-Viverito is looking for ways to shut down Rikers Island.
“For too long, our criminal justice system has fallen into the shadows and by shining a light into claims we can better reform our broken system.”
Mark-Viverito has launched a special commission launched a commission to develop plans to shrink the population of violence-plagued Rikers — hoping to make it so small it could eventually be closed.
Some data about personal injury claims against city jails is already tracked by the city controller, but the new legislation would force broader reporting that would also include civil rights suits.