High Security Unit Opens at Rikers

NEW YORK — A new enhanced supervision housing unit opened within Rikers Island’s Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York on Feb. 22. The recently renovated unit is designed to house up to 50 of the facility’s most violent inmates, though it will hold just 20 for the time being, better ensuring the safety of fellow inmates and correctional staff. The project was funded through Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s $27 million commitment to close security gaps at the facility.

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