Rikers Island inmates are searching for guards in all of the improper locations.
A determined inmate stole an official log book over the weekend and as a substitute of it being crammed with a correction officer’s shift notes, he logged it along with his personal observations because the jail grapples with a staffing crunch that has left residents unsupervised for hours on finish, The Post has realized.
“No officer on post. No fan on post. This is outrageous. Something needs to be done. Now!” the prisoner’s first entry within the book, signed “inmate,” states on the prime of the web page.
“At this time I cannot sleep and it is someone’s birthday today. Still no fan after 3 weeks. I have survived 5 heat waves and 1 heat stroke so far. Apparently there are no working units in the building and I find this hard to believe, very very hard,” the notes learn.
The log book was stolen at one of the jail’s housing areas on Saturday when at the least 150 officers have been working triple shifts, roughly 50 posts have been left unmanned and two feminine guards have been sexually assaulted, in accordance to Benny Boscio, the president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association union, and inside information.
“The inmates have taken advantage of our staffing crisis by stealing log books, leaving their cells, and even worse, sexually assaulting our female officers with impunity,” Boscio railed.
“When is Mayor de Blasio going to come to Rikers and see for himself the ticking time bomb that his mismanagement has created? How many more COs have to be assaulted and how many more mishaps have to happen before he restores law and order in our jails?” he requested.
A spokesperson for de Blasio didn’t return a request for remark however the lame-duck mayor famous earlier this month there are “real issues” at the DOC that want “to be addressed.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, triple shifts have been a “rare occurrence” that have been solely seen throughout excessive climate occasions and whereas there are a whole bunch of officer posts dotted across the sprawling jail advanced, any station that’s left unmanned is an issue, union officers stated.
“The reality is, every post should be manned at all times, having one or two or three unmanned posts is a problem. Having over 50 is a crisis,” Boscio instructed The Post.
“Right now, the inmates are running the jails,” added Patrick Ferraiuolo, the president of the Correction Captains’ Association.
“The public has to know about this and the mayor’s office has to be put on notice. If he doesn’t do anything really soon, something really serious is going to happen.”
The union heads stated this wasn’t only a dangerous weekend — triple shifts and unmanned posts at the moment are an everyday incidence after more than 1,000 correction officers and 200 captains resigned during the last two years.
Ferraiuolo defined half of the issue is, small teams of inmates are being unfold throughout the sprawling advanced in housing areas that may match many extra prices, making it difficult to patrol every nook and cranny with a lowered workers.
Amid the chaos, the inmate made about a half dozen entries within the book between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday evening and detailed a sequence of complaints and points the costs have been going through.
At 1:15 a.m., the dutiful inmate famous there have been “14 live breathing bodies” within the housing space and one appeared to be “dying from heat stroke.”
“Still no officer on post. Still no fan on post… no fresh air in 2 months. Still no tables. Still no black ops 2. Still no commissary. Out of stock… everything out of stock. Inmate denied visit and still no barber shop. No programs at this time.”
Fifteen minutes later at 1:30 a.m., the inmate lamented there was “Still no CO on post” and “1 dead body” within the housing space.
“Still no mail and no mental health. Called 614 for clinic and didnt go. Called 311 for fans and still no f–king fan,” the log reads.
Another quarter of an hour later, the log said the “dead body” had been “removed.”
When requested about the stolen log book and the inmate’s declare about a useless cost, Ferraiuolo stated no inmate died on Saturday, however throughout the same state of affairs final month on the Anna M. Kross Center, an inmate did die from a drug overdose when a housing space was left unsupervised.
The DOC didn’t return The Post’s request for remark looking for extra data on each incidents and the stolen log book.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, the inmate wrapped up his entries by complaining there may be “No TV or PS4 remotes. Still no f–king cheese. Still no doritos.” He then referenced two individuals who he needs out from behind bars. “Free Speedy Free JK aka JayQue,” the entry states.
The ultimate log, apparently made later that day round 1:51 p.m., states there was “still no officer on the floor.”
“All inmates are stressed… No officer for 2 days,” the log states.
“Department of Corrections needs to get it together. Please!!”