Two senior correction officers were convicted today by a Bronx jury for falsifying a fight report and ordering 14 recruits to cover up the incident back in 2006, authorities said.
The jury deliberated for less than three hours in convicting former assistant deputy warden Gail Lewis and current serving captain Sherman Graham of several counts of falsifying documents.
The verdict comes as controversy blooms over the handling of violent incidents on Rikers. Correction sources told the Voice in an article published last week that downgrading or failing to report fights and injuries remain a problem in the jails.
“There is no room in the City’s jails for supervisors who betray the public’s trust by misrepresenting the truth and concealing assaults in the City’s jails,” Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said,
Sherman makes $94,300 a year. He is prohibited from inmate contact. DOC will now move to fire him. Lewis retired from DOC in December 2009. She was making $104,081.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 14, 2012