New NYC Jails Chief Schiraldi Vows to Work on ‘Culture’ Change

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Vincent Schiraldi, a former New York probation commissioner and one of the country’s leading voices for justice reform, was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to head the city’s problem-plagued Department of Correction,  reports Pix 11 News. The decision came just one day after the previous commissioner announced her resignation. Schiraldi will be joining a department already in the midst of turbulent change as the city contemplate closure of the Rikers Island complex, one of the country’s largest jails. Schiraldi, is taking a leave from the Columbia University Justice Lab to serve out the remainder of departing commission Cynthia Brann’s term. Brann came under fire not dealing with violence in city jails in what some called an example of “gross misconduct.”  Schiraldi said a challenge he looks forward to taking on in the new position “is to have the environment and culture in DOC jails match the excellent work the city has done combating mass incarceration.”

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