Some officers say they're losing control of Rikers. In fact, they believe the situation at the city's main jail could turn into chaos if city leaders remove one of their main forms of disciplining inmates, something called punitive segregation, which has already been partially curtailed.
Other observers, however, are calling that sort of discipline "torture in every sense of the word" for the inmates, arguing that it actually encourages the violence it seeks to punish.
In this report, 7 On Your Side Investigates takes you inside Rikers Island, where you'll hear exclusively from officers who have been sexually and physically assaulted, see the fights happening behind bars, and hear from city leaders who want to make changes.
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