New York City correction officials censored a Newsday article on a fatal jail beating from inmate copies of Sunday’s paper, Newsday reports. The story detailed the fatal beating of a Bronx youth in 2000 at the Adolescent Reception Detention Center, a facility for teens on Rikers Island. The article described a series of procedural breakdowns by jail staff.
Early Sunday, the center’s warden, ordered removal of the article from copies of Newsday in the center. Officials did not notify the Board of Correction within 24 hours, as required. A department spokesman said the article was removed because of its descriptions of gang activity at the center.
John Boston of the Prisoner Rights Project called the move illegal. “The news of the day cannot be made contraband in jails and in prisons,” he said. “Everybody knows that there is gang activity in the jails, and it is a sad commentary that public officials think they can accomplish something by hiding the facts.”