Entries in Riker's Island (2)


Supersized Inmate Files Hefty Lawsuit Against Jail

Kevin Horan/Stone(NEW YORK) -- A 400-pound inmate wants the New York City Department of Corrections to pay a hefty price for forcing him to wear the same clothes he was arrested in throughout his one-year jail sentence.

“No one has issued me institutional clothing or made any attempt to measure me,” Elias Diaz, 55, wrote in a handwritten lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, which asks for $1 million in damages.

Diaz, who wears a size 7X large, said he wore the same sweats and T-shirt every day until his release on Dec. 30, 2011. He was in the Rikers Island jail serving a sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.

He alleged that during his one-year sentence, requests for his own prison-issued garb were repeatedly ignored, causing him “undue stress and mental anguish.”

“I had the displeasure of being threatened with an infraction because I was not wearing approved garments,” he wrote of his experience in the prison mess hall.

Officials made an exception and allowed Diaz’s family to send him clothing; however, the packages were rejected for various reasons, he wrote.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Sharman Stein said the city has not seen the lawsuit, but added, “There’s an established grievance process, which the inmate new well about. He never filed a grievance.”
In his complaint, Diaz wrote, “Upon my release I will be seeking profetional [sic] therapy. The therapy is going to be expensive.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Dominique Strauss-Kahn Placed on Suicide Watch

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed on suicide watch in his New York City jail cell, four days after he was arrested and charged with sodomizing a chamber maid in his Manhattan hotel room.

Strauss-Kahn, who until this weekend was the chief of the IMF -- the body established to keep the global monetary system stable -- and a leading contender to be the next president of France, is in protective isolation at New York's Riker's Island jail.

He is under 24-hour surveillance and has been made to wear a special jumpsuit, which lacks excess material or strings that an inmate could use to harm himself and is designed to prevent inmates from concealing any objects.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arraigned Monday. He is accused of forcing the housekeeper to perform oral sex and submit to anal sex after he emerged naked from his suite's bathroom at the Sofitel Hotel in New York City. The married father of four is accused of sexual assault and attempted rape.

His alleged victim is still reeling from the attack she says took her completely by surprise, according to a close friend.

"She was still crying today," a friend of the alleged victim told ABC News. "She was completely devastated. I was the first person she called."

The alleged victim, a housekeeper at New York City's Sofitel Hotel, called the friend from the emergency room at St. Luke's hospital, where she was examined by doctors and questioned by New York Police Department detectives Saturday night after the alleged attack.

"She called me and said, 'Something really bad happened,'" he said.

He described his friend, an immigrant from West Africa and the mother of a 15-year-old girl, as a "good Muslim" and "not the kind of woman to attack a man."

ABC News does not identify the alleged victims of sexual assault.

Some of Strauss-Kahn's allies in France have suggested that the allegations are part of an elaborate conspiracy to smear him and prevent him from running for president there.

"If this happened in France it would have been very different," said the friend of the alleged victim, adding that he believed in the U.S. judicial system and that she would testify against Strauss-Kahn.

She is being held at a safe but undisclosed location, he said.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday, hauled out of the first-class cabin on an Air France jet moments before taking off from Kennedy Airport.

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