Staff at NY Jail for Teens Allegedly Covered Up Inmate Fights,Rewarded for Reducing Violence

RIKER’S ISLAND,Ny. – Top staff at a jail for troubled teens allegedly covered up inmate fights — and won an award for reducing violence at the facility,the Daily News has learned.

City officials launched a probe into the stats-fudging and have already discovered that incidents in which jail officers used force against inmates were swept under the rug,too.

Correction Department Commissioner Dora Schriro had testified in November that there was a 62% drop in fights among adolescent inmates at the Rikers Island facility.

She had even given staffers of the Robert N. Davoren Center a citation on Medal Day last May to honor the good job they were supposedly doing. But when new warden Raino Hills looked at the books,he discovered the figures were dead wrong,sources said.

His predecessor,William Clemons,reported roughly 50 inmate fights each month last year. The actual number was closer to 80.

The Correction Department says it took swift action after the allegation surfaced.

Investigators poring over files and videos have discovered two officer “use of force” cases against inmates were never reported last year,said agency spokeswoman Sharman Stein.

“The record has been amended to reflect these two incidents,and the culpable staff disciplined,” she added.

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PUBLISHED: May 7,2012