Clark said in a statement she would create an internal task force trained in the jail’s procedures and station a prosecutor at the facility. She also said she would ask the Office of Court Administration to put a judge there to speed up arraignments and other proceedings.
Outgoing DA Robert Johnson has been faulted for declining to write up new felony arrest complaints against inmates. Instead, he was concentrating on reducing a backlog that Bronx DA public information director Terry Raskyn on Monday said has been eliminated.
Clark said the office needed to work together with city agencies and that she would request “adequate funding” from the City Council for Rikers cases.
She called for bail reform for low-level, nonviolent offenders as well as improved information sharing with the city’s other district attorneys.
Clark said she would “demand and expect that my office will be prepared to achieve real-time prosecution on every case possible, and I look forward to working with all the stakeholders to bring safety and the rule of law to Rikers Island.”
These reforms are long overdue as the story of Kalief Browder has proliferated throughout New York: