The officers allegedly took extravagant gifts — including a vacation in the company of a sex worker — in exchange for providing official services.
Diamonds, sex with prostitutes dressed as flight attendants, helicopter rides—the allegations are wild.
The president of America's largest municipal jail guard union was arrested on Wednesday in a case that is bad news for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Norman Seabrook has run New York City's jail guard union for decades, and isn't exactly pumped about shaking up the hellhole that is Rikers Island.
Now Janine Howard is suing the New York Department of Corrections. "I feel victimized," she said. "I feel like my safety and security can just be taken from me at anytime."
Rikers Island just went from being one of the most dysfunctional jails in America to tentatively claiming a spot at the vanguard of the emerging criminal justice reform movement.
US Attorney Preet Bharara says Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking too long to reform the notoriously horrific collection of jails.