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DOC's Molina Cites Trust Factor As Key to Turnaround in Jails

By RICHARD KHAVKINE richardk@thechiefleader.com
Posted 2/23/22

Nearly half of the city’s roughly 2,500 correction officers who were out on some form of sick leave late last year have returned to work, bringing a significant measure of relief to a uniformed contingent that for months last year faced the prospect of triple and even quadruple shifts as conditions in Rikers Island jails descended into near-anarchy.   

The Department of Correction’s newly installed Commissioner, Louis Molina, in large part credits better communication with uniformed staff and their unions for the restoration of a semblance of order to a jail system tormented by high rates of violence inside its lockups, soaring staff absenteeism and poor morale among its officers when he stepped into the role Jan. 1.  

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