Inmate Assaults Female Correction Officers at Rikers Island, Prompting Safety Concerns

Two female correction officers at Rikers Island, New York City, were brutally assaulted by inmates in separate incidents, raising concerns about safety within the facility. The attacks occurred less than five weeks apart, with both officers suffering injuries and emotional trauma. The victims, who spoke exclusively to The Post, shared their harrowing experiences and expressed fear of returning to work.

In the first incident on January 15, a 40-year-old mother of three was punched in the face by an inmate, Gerber Argueta, during a routine cell check. Argueta, who had covered his window with a sheet, unexpectedly charged out of his cell and assaulted the officer. She and her partner fought back for approximately nine minutes before gaining control. The officer sustained a broken nose, black eyes, and continues to experience sleep disturbances and anxiety.

The second assault occurred on Friday night when a 33-year-old correction officer was attacked by alleged Crips gang member David Rhinehart. Rhinehart grabbed the officer by the throat, overpowering her despite her attempts to fight back. It took the intervention of three inmates to remove Rhinehart from the officer. She was subsequently taken to the hospital and is now dealing with physical pain and emotional distress.

Both officers, along with the union representing them, are calling for a reversal of the ban on the use of solitary confinement as punishment for violent inmates. They argue that the recently enacted law banning “punitive segregation” has emboldened inmates and compromised the safety of correction officers. City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, who pushed for the law, has faced criticism from the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association for prioritizing inmate rights over officer safety.

Mayor Eric Adams vetoed the solitary confinement bill in January, citing concerns about increased danger for both inmates and staff. However, the City Council overrode the veto, leading to the ban on outright solitary confinement. Under the new law, guards can only isolate inmates who pose an immediate risk of violence for a maximum of four hours. The union claims that the elimination of 23-hour lockdowns has resulted in a rise in assaults on correction officers.

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2 Responses

  1. I read this article with a heavy heart as it reminded me of a similar incident that happened to a close friend of mine who worked as a correction officer. She was a strong and fearless woman, always dedicated to her job of maintaining order and ensuring the safety of both inmates and staff.

    One day, while on duty, she was assigned to a high-security unit where the most dangerous and violent inmates were housed. As she was making her rounds, she noticed a group of inmates acting suspiciously. Before

  2. The post highlights two incidents where female correction officers at Rikers Island in New York City were attacked by inmates. This has raised concerns about the safety of correction officers within the facility.

    My insights:
    1. Safety concerns: The incidents shed light on the dangerous working conditions faced by correction officers. It is crucial for prison authorities to prioritize the safety and well-being of their staff to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
    2. Gender dynamics: The fact that the victims in both incidents were female correction

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