When prosecutors and judges are turned into vote-seekers, efforts to develop more humane approaches to punishment and law enforcement suffer, the veteran TV journalist said in an interview aired on CUNY’s “Criminal Justice Matters” program Tuesday. He charged that the Trump administration’s “tough on crime” rhetoric has made things worse.
The annual award, which honors individuals in the media or media-related fields who have advanced national understanding of the 21st-century challenges of criminal justice, will be presented at a John Jay College dinner Feb. 15. Moyers was most recently executive producer of “Rikers,” a documentary on New York’s troubled jail facility.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, “The situation is intolerable.” Inmates argue that shutting down the 10-jail complex is the only solution for violence by guards and gang members, mistreatment of the mentally ill and juveniles, and unjustly long detention for minor offenders.
What can reduce the violence that has plagued New York’s jails—especially at the vast Rikers Island facility? Recent proposals from New York City’s Department of Correction include recommendations for more stringent monitoring of visitors and packages: Visitors will receive background checks to weed out felons and those who might try to smuggle in weapons and other contraband; and all parcels would have to be sent to the jails through a third-party vendor, such as Amazon, in order to decrease the […]