Darren Mack, co-director of the jail-reform organization Freedom Agenda suggested the numbers show the drugs are allegedly being brought in by jail personnel.
New York City's correction commissioner warned that the site "faces an equal or greater level of risk from COVID now as it did at the start of the pandemic."
"Our future criminal justice system must be transformed," Adams said when announcing Louis Molina as the new commissioner of the Department of Correction.
In a statement, Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said that Malcolm Boatwright's death "is a heartbreaking loss at the end of a very difficult year."
According to City Hall, the Department of Corrections has the lowest number of vaccinated staff. And it's going to cost lives.
The vaccination rate for the department was 76 percent as of Monday, the last day before the deadline.
The number covers "nearly all" of the women and trans prisoners who are currently incarcerated at Rikers, Hochul's office said.
"I know what a pressure cooker looks like, I've worked in a kitchen a few times, and I'm trying to make sure it doesn't blow up," Governor Kathy Hochul said.
Court-appointed federal monitor Steve J. Martin blasted New York City officials for presenting "not one" concrete solution to ongoing security concerns.
On Friday, Letitia James directed the letter, launching the investigation, to Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York.
A letter from Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic House representatives called the jail's conditions "deplorable and nothing short of a humanitarian crisis."
"There is nothing natural about what is happening in our jail system right now," Department of Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said.
Under the new law, another 200 inmates at Rikers will be transported to other facilities to avoid overcrowding.
"What I saw yesterday was a state of emergency," said New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams about Rikers Island.
The troubles continue for the infamous jail complex on New York City's Rikers Island.
It's the inmates who pay the highest price for unsafe working conditions of correctional officers.
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters said President Donald Trump's pardon of Roger Stone and his supporters' criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement showed there are truly two separate systems of justice in the United States.
While states like New York may have hit their peak in the coronavirus pandemic, jails and prisons across the United States are still reporting high infection rates.
The city and state correctional programs have taken some proactive measures to reduce the risk of transmission, such as by limiting or suspending visitations.
"This is not a generational public health crisis, rather it is a crisis of a magnitude no generation living today has ever seen," Dr. Ross MacDonald wrote.
"Eight have been identified with symptoms and have been moved also to isolation within the communicable disease unit," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Layleen is believed to be the tenth black trans woman to die from instances of alleged violence or neglect in 2019 alone.
At least 50 women have taken legal action against the Department of Corrections for the unlawful encounters.
The guard punched the inmate three times in the face, landed three swift uppercuts, held him in a headlock and elbowed him five times before another guard arrived.
High days and holidays bring acute pain to mothers and children divided by incarceration.
The facility where Brian Coll kicked Ronald Spear to death is so violent it's currently under federal oversight.