New York City's failure to stem violence in city jails is costing taxpayers big bucks.
Over the past three months, the city has agreed to pay out nearly $4.4 million to settle lawsuits filed over prisoner beatings and deaths.
The latest settlement was approved Friday. The New York Times reports that the city will pay $850,000 to a man severely beaten by fellow inmates two years ago in a unit for teenagers at the Rikers Island jail complex.
That payout follows a $2 million settlement in June with the mother of an 18-year-old beaten to death in the same unit and a $1.5 million settlement in July with the family of an inmate who died while struggling with guards at the prison ward in Bellevue Hospital Center.
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