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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence
December 18, 2014 18:59 GMT

By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- A spokeswoman says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is committed to reform at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

The comment came in response to a lawsuit filed by federal prosecutors seeking to speed reforms at Riker Island. The lawsuit was filed Thursday to address what a Justice Department investigation found was a culture of violence against young inmates.

On Wednesday, de Blasio announced the end of solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates.

Prosecutors identified 73 recommendations to curb the violence.

In court papers, Attorney General Eric Holder and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) wrote that despite four months of negotiations with the city, federal prosecutors "have been unable to reach agreement as to lasting, verifiable and enforceable reforms."

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