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Federal Hearing Focused On Conditions At Rikers Island

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- New York City attorneys, a federal monitor and others met Thursday with a federal judge regarding the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island.

While it was acknowledged that new protocols have helped, staff shortages and violence continue to create what was described as a dire situation.

The federal monitor is urging the hiring of outside security experts to oversee correction officers, but city attorneys said local and state laws could prohibit that.

They added that uncertainty around the next mayor's plans for the jail also had to be considered.

The judge reiterated the urgency, requiring all to continue negotiating and report back on the progress by the end of the year.

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