Former correction officer opens up about horrors of job, revealing inmates tried to rape colleagues
A former Rikers corrections officer is candid about the horrific experiences she endured while working at the infamous prison, revealing that inmates would regularly masturbate in front of her, throw “urine and feces” at her, and even attempt to rape a female colleague.
The woman, who kept her identity hidden for privacy reasons, spent two years in prison – where more than 10,000 accused criminals are awaiting trial.
She spoke about the horrible things she faced while working at the prison — which is located on an island between Queens and the Bronx in New York City — and revealed that inmates would assault officers “daily” and force their penises through the food slot. while she delivered meals to them.
“There have been several occasions when I’ve been on tour, and a prisoner will pull his penis out and masturbate,” she said. Shame recently.
“I remember the first time a prisoner masturbated in front of me. I fed them through the feeding slot.
“As soon as you opened their slit to place their tray, they put their penis in the slit. I yelled and the other agents on the tour said, “What happened?”
“I was like, ‘He’s masturbating.’ And they said, “Oh, he does that to everyone.” Like it was just normal. I felt violated. I didn’t feel respected. I felt scared.’
A former Rikers detective is candid about the horrors of her job, revealing that inmates would regularly masturbate in front of her. Rikers Island is pictured
The woman, who kept her identity hidden, spent two years in prison (pictured) – which is home to more than 11,000 accused criminals awaiting trial
The former officer explained that most people are there for violent crimes such as “murder, rape, domestic violence, burglary and robbery,” adding, “It’s just an island full of gangs constantly trying to kill each other.”
Recent Rikers Island Incidents
- A prisoner hijacked a busload of prisoners – which was left unattended with the keys inside – and crashed into a wall in October 2021
- In a violent compilation of surveillance video footage obtained by Fox News in August 2021, Rikers Island inmates were seen beating, kicking and stamping guards.
- That same month, an inmate stole keys from a guard, freed another inmate and cut the officer’s neck with a knife, prompting him to take refuge in his attacker’s own prison cell.
- A few weeks later, another inmate stabbed his neighbor after climbing out of his cell through a metal grille in the wall
- The New York Times documented more than a dozen cases since July, where inmates were allowed to roam the prison without restrictions, resulting in multiple acts of violence
- The prison’s federal monitor, Steve J. Martin, said in August that deteriorating conditions in the city’s prisons were directly linked to a spike in “excessive and uncontrolled staff absences.”
- At one point during the summer, more than a third of the city’s prison guards – about 3,050 of the 8,500 – were on sick leave or medically unfit to work with inmates
- At the time, lawmakers who visited the Rikers complex said it was filthy and inhumane, with overcrowded toilets and floors covered in dead cockroaches, feces and rotting food.
- There were 16 reported deaths of inmates on Rikers Island in 2021. Six prisoners died in 2022
“They would start fires in their cells. You may be walking on your tour and all of a sudden urine or feces is being thrown at you,” she continued.
“Almost all of them have weapons – knives or sharp objects. Officers would be attacked daily.
“It could be anything from a broken nose to a broken eye socket, broken bones, ribs, there is no limit to what these inmates would do to you. We are in a time when the inmates run the prison.”
The anonymous woman said the system has “certainly failed everyone involved.”
“I have been hired to provide custody, care and control over the inmates,” she added. “The system has certainly failed everyone involved – the inmates, the cops. Everyone involved suffers.’
The former prison worker once recalled that an inmate had entered the sentry and “took off” a female officer’s belt and trousers.
“Fortunately, an officer came to help her. [The inmate] was held for rape, I think his intention was to rape her,” she said.
‘They suggested we wear Spanx under our uniform just to be safe. There should be no ‘just in case’.’
She continued: “I have seen female officers fired for having relationships with the inmates. There have been incidents where officers have been impregnated by prisoners.
“Once you start a relationship with an inmate, or once you’ve said yes to him, you can’t say no because you’re locked up, that’s when you’re stuck.”
The woman explained that there were normally 50 inmates for each guard, and that although they are given pepper spray for protection, some inmates are “used to it,” so it “doesn’t bother them.”
She said that if she reported an incident, her superiors would tell her and ask, “What did you do wrong? What have you not done to prevent it?’
She also stated that her captain often “sided with the prisoner before they sided with her,” and that it felt like they were “only there to take her down.”
According to the Rikers warden, drugs are “running rampant” in prison — and are brought in by officers, people in charge of programs, doctors, nurses and civilians visiting inmates.
She spoke about the terrible things she faced while working on the island and revealed that inmates would attack cops “on a daily basis.” In 2018, a Rikers inmate is seen beating an officer
“It can range from a broken nose to a broken eye socket, broken bones, ribs, there is no limit to what these inmates would do to you,” she said. Last year, a prisoner was seen assaulting a prosecutor
“There’s K2, pentanol, marijuana — any drug you can think of, they probably have it,” she said.
“The value of a drug in prison is worth a lot more than it would be on the outside. Maybe five times more.
“There were definitely officers who took bribes. Not only officers but civilians bring it in – the people in charge of programs, doctors, nurses. Some are afraid, some do it for the money.’
The officer said the job was “so exhausting” that she would come home and go straight to bed – sleeping until her next shift. And when the pandemic hit, it got worse.
She claimed that she and her colleagues often got “stuck” working 16-hour shifts in a row, forcing them to work more than 24 hours a day without sleep.
She explained: “You’re on the job for 24 hours and then a fight breaks out and they expect you to do everything right without sleeping. You are still expected to perform your duties to the best of your ability.’
The former prison worker also recalled a time when an inmate entered the security post and “took off” a female officer’s belt and trousers, in an attempt to “rape” her (stock photo)
The anonymous woman said the system has “certainly failed everyone involved,” adding: “We are in a time when the inmates are running the prison.” Rikers Island is pictured
‘Data on the use of violence, fights, stabbing and cutting among people in custody and attacks on staff reveal 2021 was the most dangerous year,’ a 2021 report on the found prison.
The report stated that there were 2,113 attacks by detainees on staff between January and September 2021.
The woman told Vice she was starting to have chest pains due to the stress of her job, adding that she had co-workers who died of a heart attack.
“I had no coping method,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m 21 and I’m having a heart attack.’ I hit the bottom.
“I actually tried three times to quit, but they always convinced me to stay in the fight. I remember getting to a point where I thought, “I can’t do this anymore…I’m done.”‘
She eventually left the profession and said hundreds of others followed in her footsteps.
“If I could talk to an officer looking for corrections, I’d tell them, ‘Don’t do that. It’s not worth your quality of life, it’s not worth your mental health. Until there’s some kind of structure and security, you shouldn’t even think about that,” she concluded.