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Statement Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara On Conviction Of Rikers Island Correction Officer Austin Romain

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

"Our efforts to root out bad conduct at Rikers Island, by individuals and by the institution as a whole, continue. Today, we took another step in the right direction with the conviction of correction officer Austin Romain for taking bribes and conspiring to smuggle drugs into Rikers Island. Holding corrupt officers like Romain accountable for their misconduct is just part of the solution; it is not a substitute for the sweeping, institutional reforms necessary at Rikers Island. We will continue to press forward on both fronts – holding individual bad actors accountable and demanding meaningful, institutional reforms."

Updated May 15, 2015

Press Release Number: 14-366