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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 22, 2015

Statements Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara And Head Of The Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta On Agreement In Principle Regarding Rikers Island

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued the following statement today in connection with the agreement in principle among the parties in Nunez v. City of New York embodied in the attached letter filed today with the court:

“I have repeatedly made clear our unwavering commitment to enduring and enforceable reform at Rikers Island.  Today, we have reached a groundbreaking agreement in principle with City officials, subject to ultimate approval by the Court.  This comprehensive framework requires the City to implement sweeping operational changes to fix a broken system and dismantle a decades-long culture of violence.   Its ongoing implementation will be overseen by the Court and an independent federal monitor.  Federal prosecutors will remain vigilant to ensure that the Constitution protects each and every person within the walls of Rikers Island.”   

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Head of the Civil Rights Division, issued the following statement today:

“The Civil Rights Division is committed to transformative reform at Rikers Island.  We are deeply encouraged by this agreement in principle.  We are also grateful to have worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on this landmark civil rights case, a model for corrections reform throughout the country.”

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Updated June 22, 2015