Bronx criminal defense attorney, I spend my time fighting to keep my clients out of Rikers Island Jail.
The jail, which houses both men, women and adolescents, is notoriously
Stabbings, slashings and gang fights are commonplace at Rikers Island.
In an effort to combat the violence at Rikers, Department of Correction
staff employ a variety of measures, including: strip-searching detainees,
conducting cell searches for weapons and drugs and thoroughly searching
all visitors. DOC likely feels that the less access the detainees have to
weapons and narcotics, the less violent they will be.
That being said, the recent actions of Matthew Matagrano demonstrate the
flaws in Department of Correction security. Mr. Matagrano, a former convict
himself, managed to sneak into Rikers by impersonating a Department of
Correction investigator. Once inside of the jail, it is alleged that Mr.
Matagrano moved an inmate from one cell to another, smoked cigarettes
with inmates and stole a radio from an office.
If the allegations are true, the Department of Correction should be ashamed.
Mr. Matagrano, or any other person improperly gaining access to secured
parts of Rikers, could supply detainees with knives, guns, razors, narcotics
or any other contraband. Violence, already prevalent inside Rikers, could
skyrocket to new heights if contraband can be so easily smuggled into
the jail. This presents a heightened safety risk for detainees as well
as DOC staff.
Mr. Matagrano will ultimately have his day in Court. Since cases arising
on Rikers Island are prosecuted in Bronx County, Mr. Matagrano will be
prosecuted by the Bronx District Attorney's office. Mr. Matagrano
will undoubtedly need a
Bronx Criminal Defense Lawyer that has experience handling cases in Bronx County. Given his current
predicament, he will need an aggressive Bronx Criminal Defense Attorney
on his side.