Department of Corrections cracking down on workers assaults, in search of faster inmate rearrests

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The newly-minted metropolis corrections commissioner is cracking down on workers assaults and in search of faster rearrests for a variety of infractions as Rikers Island continues to roil from chaos, The Post has realized.

The up to date method was detailed in a Wednesday evening memo from DOC Chief of Department Kenneth Stukes to all division commanding officers – ordering them to ship complete experiences on inmate infractions “in a timely fashion” to the Correction Intelligence Bureau to be able to finally search felony prosecution.

Inmate infractions that fall underneath the brand new directive vary from extreme offenses like stabbings, slashings and assaults – to inmates spitting on or splashing staffers.

Wednesday’s memo alerts a shift on how workers assaults and inmate infractions shall be handled underneath Commissioner Louis Molina, who was tapped to guide the troubled division in December underneath Mayor Eric Adams.

While rearresting inmates for crimes dedicated in-custody has “always” been pursued within the division, it has typically solely been hunted for extra extreme offenses, a veteran jailhouse supply with 10 years on the job informed The Post.

“I’ve only seen rearrests for serious injuries and large quantities of drugs,” the supply stated.

Kenneth Stukes, Department of Corrections Chief of Department, speaks at a press conference after NYC mayor Bill de Blasio toured Rikers Island.Kenneth Stukes ordered all division commanding officers to ship complete experiences on inmate infractions “in a timely fashion” to the Correction Intelligence Bureau.Stephen Yang

“Little things like property destruction, discovery of contraband or dangerous instruments, I’ve never seen an inmate rearrested for that. That’s a consistent occurrence and hard to keep up with to process the inmate for rearrest.”

Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains’ Association, concurred.

“Every time someone was spat on or even had substances thrown on them, arrests did not occur because if it did, half of Rikers Island would be rearrested on a regular basis,” Ferraiuolo stated.

Louis Molina seen during Mayor-elect Eric Adams announcement on his pick for Department of Correction Commissioner at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Louis Molina was Mayor Adams’ choose for Department of Correction Commissioner.Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Shutters

He theorized that Wednesday’s memo was despatched out, partly, to spice up morale and present officers that assaults shall be taken extra critically because the division continues to grapple with an ongoing staffing disaster that’s led to the hellish circumstances.

“I believe [Molina] is just really trying to support staff by sending a message by saying if any of these offenses occur against you, we’re going to move to arrest the inmate,” the union president stated.

The jailhouse insider was uncertain if the protocol would change issues, however stated “it’s a step in the right direction.”

“The workload is really overwhelming for everyone and that will be a lot of arrests,” the supply added.

The DOC didn’t reply a request for remark.

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