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On June 18, a disgraced Rikers commanding officer was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the Fourteenth Amendment right of a prisoner to receive attention for serious medical needs. Captain Terrence Pendergrass consciously allowed an inmate named Jason Echevarria to die after the patient poisoned himself. “A man died here, a 25-year-old man, […]

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An ex-Rikers corrections officer says that his boss repeatedly encouraged disciplining inmates off-the-books, and when one mentally ill inmate ingested a detergent ball that contained bleach, the supervisor let the man die a slow and painful death. Raymond Castro testified in court that his former supervisor at Rikers Island, Capt. Terrence Pendergrass, would routinely endorsed keeping inmate […]

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