Rikers Fight Club: Spate of Violence Roils Jails


A spate of violence and death hit the city jails over the past five days, including three slashings and a suicide, the Voice has learned.

One of the slashings took place in the Robert N. Davoren Center, which houses teen inmates, and was the subject of a recent Voice article on violence.

Correction Department spokeswoman Sharman Stein said the incident involved three adult inmates, which are housed separately from the teens. Two inmates attacked the third. The incident is under investigation.

She said the victim did not receive stitches. Instead, the wound was closed with Dermabond, a chemical wound closing substance. (The use of Dermabond can mean the wound was superficial, but not necessarily.)

Stein also confirmed a suicide at the George Motchan Detention Center on May 28, but did not disclose further details or the man’s name. A correction source said the man hung himself.

A second slashing took place at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, also on Rikers. Correction sources said it was an incident of retaliation for another slashing that took place within the past month.

Stein told the Voice that one inmate sustained “cuts,” treated with Dermabond. A second inmate, she said, had superficial abrasions.

Correction sources who tipped the Voice to the other incidents also said that there was also a slashing at the George R. Vierno Center. We had written that Stein denied that any recent slashing had taken place, but apparently we misinterpreted her statement.

She wrote us to clarify that she said she “didn’t know of any recently,” and she was looking into it. She adds that she has looked into it and has additional information.