U.S., NYC reach deal over reforms for Rikers jail complex

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Posted: Jun 22, 2015 5:19 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to carry out a series of reforms at its Rikers Island jail complex to resolve U.S. Justice Department claims that guards regularly used unnecessary force against inmates, U.S. officials said on Monday.

In a letter filed in federal court in New York, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office said the deal included appointing a federal monitor to oversee the reforms at Rikers, one of the largest jail complexes in the country.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Richard Chang)