Palmesano Stands Outside Rikers

March 8, 2023

We hear a lot about bad prison conditions in our region. But it’s not just here that it’s a problem, according to Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. Palmesano and other state lawmakers held a press conference outside of the Rikers Island New York City Prison yesterday.

Palmesano says the reason for yesterday’s presser is: 40 female Rikers guards have been sexually assaulted by prisoners that face only misdemeanor charges. Palmesano, who has protested outside of Elmira Correctional as well, he says the state needs to repeal the HALT Act, so that inmates stop getting away with serious violence with only a slap on the wrist.