‘Worst they have ever been’

Hundreds of jail guards and their supporters launched a mass protest close to Rikers Island on Monday blasting what they known as the worst working situations within the historical past of the notoriously harmful lock-up.

“They are at the breaking point,” Correction Captain Association President Pat Ferraiuolo informed The Post of his union members.

“It’s worse than at the breaking point. They are the worst they have ever been in the history of Rikers Island,” he mentioned of situations and morale. “It’s a very dangerous environment.”

Correction Officer Chance McFarland, an 18-year veteran guard, attended the rally on the foot of the Queens bridge resulting in the jail and mentioned, “It’s by no means been like this.

“We need help.”f

Ferraiuolo known as metropolis Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi a puppet of Mayor Bill de Blasio — and mentioned Hizzoner was “an a–hole” for not doing extra to alleviate the pressure on the officers.

Correction Captain Association President Pat Ferraiuolo claimed the guards are at the "breaking point" due to the worsening conditions at the jail.
Correction Captain Association President Pat Ferraiuolo claimed the guards are on the “breaking point” because of the worsening situations on the jail.
City of New York Correction

Officials at City Hall didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, however in a press release Monday, Schiraldi mentioned the division is engaged on the problems — which even he mentioned are many.

“We agree with many of the concerns raised here,” the commissioner mentioned. “We are deeply concerned about the safety of our staff, medical staff, and incarcerated people in our facilities and are working hard to improve conditions.”

About 1,600 of the jail’s 8,800 uniformed officers had been out on sick go away on the finish of July — and one other 2,200 didn’t present up for work in some unspecified time in the future final month with out calling in, the DOC mentioned.

Schiraldi mentioned the division has been taking “extensive measures to encourage staff to return to work” and to alleviate these “who have been heroically working extra shifts.”

But union officers mentioned nobody desires to work at Rikers as a result of guards have to contend each day with violent assaults, together with sexual assaults on feminine COs, and exhausting further shifts because of the extreme workers shortages.

Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi was caleld Mayor Bill de Blasio's "puppet."
Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi was known as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “puppet” by Ferraiuolo.

Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, mentioned the division wants 2,000 extra officers to make sure metropolis jails are protected and safe.

The newest sticking level is a not too long ago instituted measure that requires correction officers who name in sick to confirm their sickness with a physician inside 24 hours.

“Now we have a rising inmate population and the most violent that we have seen in years,” Boscio mentioned. “And they want to know why we are out sick? Because we are getting assaulted every day, and they are assaulting us with impunity.”

GOP mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who attended the rally, known as situations at Rikers “an outrage.

“You don’t have that in a third-world country,” he mentioned of the situations.

A correction officer who requested to not be recognized mentioned the state of affairs “is the worst it’s ever been.

“I’ve seen it when we were respected. We are not respected,” he mentioned.

Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa attending the rally for Rikers Island guards on August 16, 2021.
Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa attending the rally for Rikers Island guards on August 16, 2021.
Dennis A. Clark

Earlier this month, a Rikers inmate attacked an officer and stole his keys and pepper spray, utilizing one of many keys to free a fellow gangbanger.

The inmate, Luis Rivera, maced two different officers earlier than he was taken into custody.

Last month, a correction captain working the nightshift was smothered with feces by one other inmate.

And in May, one other inmate set a fire inside the jailhouse, injuring 12.

Conditions on the jail have gotten so out-of-hand that scores of correction officers have been leaping ship and becoming a member of the ranks of New York’s Finest as an alternative, The Post present in a particular report final month.

The new NYPD recruit class had 555 new cops — 42 of them ex-correction officers.

Protesters holding signs at the Rikers Island rally.
Protesters holding indicators on the Rikers Island rally.
Dennis A. Clark
The guards claim that the conditions at the jail are worse than they have ever been.
The guards declare that the situations on the jail are worse than they have ever been.
Dennis A. Clark

Steven Rentis, who has been on the job at Rikers for 14 years, mentioned the coronavirus pandemic solely made issues worse behind bars.

“We didn’t have any breaks,” Rentis mentioned. “We had no PPEs. We were the ones that were dying. We were dropping like flies.”

Nine Big Apple correction officers have died from the coronavirus, and one other 1,400 have been contaminated, the union mentioned Monday.

According to metropolis data, solely 37.2 % of metropolis correction workers had obtained not less than one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as of final week.

Among inmates, 41.5 % have obtained not less than one shot, whereas 37.5 % have been absolutely vaccinated, in response to town Health and Hospitals Corporation.

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