Sheppard v. Phoenix.U.S. District Court
Sheppard v. Phoenix, 210 F.Supp.2d 450 (S.D.N.Y. 2002). Current and former inmates filed a class action alleging that city corrections officials engaged in a pattern of brutality and used gratuitous Bestowed or granted without consideration or exchange for something of value.
The term gratuitous is applied to deeds, bailments, and other contractual agreements. and excessive physical violence at a segregation unit. A detailed consent decree A settlement of a lawsuit or criminal case in which a person or company agrees to take specific actions without admitting fault or guilt for the situation that led to the lawsuit.
A consent decree is a settlement that is contained in a court order. was implemented. The city moved to terminate the decree and the district court granted the motion. The district court noted positive trends for four years of reduced incidents involving serious injuries and head strikes, reduced acts of self-mutilation, unprecedented levels of command discipline, and the institution of procedures to safely and effectively manage the inmate population. (Central Punitive Segregation Unit, Rikers Island Ri·kers Island
An island in the East River off the south coast of the Bronx, New York City. Part of the Bronx borough, it is the site of a large penitentiary. , New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. Department of Correction)