A spate of inmate deaths. Cellblocks unguarded. Staggering staffing shortages caused by AWOL guards. Detainees deprived of food and medical care.New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, troubled by years of neglect, has spiralled into turmoil during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not just inmates and advocates saying that. City officials, including the mayor, admit there are serious problems.One jail watchdog called it “a complete breakdown in the operation of the jails”.“In our office…

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