Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Teenage inmates were safer at Rikers

From PIX11:

Teens were transferred out of the Rikers Island jail complex to the Horizon Juvenile Facility in the Bronx, but the mom of one teen now at Horizon believes her son was better off at Rikers.

The mother spoke with PIX11 on the condition of anonymity, she doesn't want anyone inside Horizon to retaliate against her 17-year-old son. His teen years have been spent in and out of courts and jail. She believes on Rikers Island he had access to more libraries and programs. The mom also said visits have been difficult at Horizon after several miscommunications.

"Nobody wants their child to be locked away, but what you want most of all, is that if they are, that they are being treated as a person," she said.

She isn't the only worried parent. Jimmey DeMoss, a single father from Queens, also has a 17-year-old son at Horizon.

“He’s in there to learn a lesson, but the lesson I think he's learning is the wrong lesson,” DeMoss told PIX11 News.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure the teens are more violent than the older inmates - as a teen you don't fully understand the scope of your actions. Closing Rikers is crazy... spend the money updating and fixing it. This administration is all about throwing more money at problems instead of actually trying to solve them... wonder who's pockets the extra change is landing in.

Anonymous said...

It's not about what's right and what's wrong! The Liberals and the Democrats, (Oh! Then I repeat myself), don't give a crap about you or your son. It's about their vision, and yes the $10 Billion dollars in tax money they can spend and spread around to themselves, their friends and their cronies. Really, it is! But you folks in NYC just keep electing them. Why? Nobody else in most of the country understands your thinking. Stranger and stranger.

Anonymous said...

I still don't understand how a couple of smaller jails will do a better job than Rikers. Is someone else in charge of these smaller jails other than the same dept of corrections? Seems like a couple of jails are being dumped on people who have no say so a land grab can take place. I wonder who could possibly want the Rikers land?

kapimap said...

What we parents need to do is tell our kids to stay away from knuckleheads,dont say 1 word when dealing with police, keep things indoors,and to stop trying to be so cool.