Aunray Stanford, Teen Inmate, Seriously Injured At Troubled City Jail


Another teen inmate was seriously injured over the weekend in the Robert N. Davoren Center, where teenagers are housed.

Correction officials confirm that Aunray Stanford, 18, was injured in a struggle with correction officers and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He subsequently released and returned to Rikers Island.

The officials did not specify Stanford’s injuries, citing policy, but a correction source said he sustained a fractured skull in the incident.

RNDC is the same jail that was the subject of a Village Voice article published last Wednesday about violence at Rikers. In the article, correction sources said violence fueled by a culture of intimidation under the noses of correction officers continues.

On Saturday, May 12, Stanford refused to comply with a strip search following a visit, officials said. He allegedly struck the officer, sparking a struggle which led to the injury. The incident, known as a use of force, is under investigation.

Stanford was transferred to the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, also on Rikers. He has been held at Rikers since April 27 on a parole violation, stemming from a robbery conviction in the Bronx.