Violence is up in New York City’s Rikers Island jails ¬†even as the number of detainees has dropped below 10,000. Albert Craig, a trustee of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, has become an outspoken voice for correction officers as city officials struggle to bring the jails under control. He argued during an Oct. 11 hearing of the city Board of Correction that the level of violence against correction officers is being overlooked.

Brooklyn News Service reporter Shanece McGregor followed up on the meeting by speaking with Craig in this interview.