Zeldin: Rikers Guard Stabbed – End The HALT Act

August 18, 2022

Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), the Republican Party and Conservative Party nominee for Governor, issued the following statement after a Rikers inmate stabbed a corrections officer in the neck. Congressman Zeldin is also reiterating his call to repeal the HALT Act, which places a limit of 15 days on “solitary confinement” for all inmates, regardless of the offense, including violence against officers within prisons:

“We are seeing a massive increase in assaults on corrections officers and other prison staff across our state. This latest stabbing of a Rikers Island corrections captain highlights the urgent need that more must be done to protect our brave corrections officers. This especially includes the need to immediately repeal the HALT Act. As usual, instead of leading, while corrections officers become less and less safe, Kathy Hochul is shrinking into complicit silence. Rather than repealing the HALT Act and ensuring our corrections officers can do their jobs safely and effectively, she’s instead spending her time signing a bill to abolish the term ‘inmate’. As our prisons become more of a danger zone, Hochul’s priorities couldn’t be more out of whack.”