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A Rikers inmate went missing for half a day —and no one noticed

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A man escaped from his Rikers cell for practically half a day with no one noticing — and now staffers on the beleaguered jail face self-discipline over the troubling breakdown of protocols, The Post has realized.

The inmate, Michael McKenna, went missing from his cell in Anna M. Kross Center in a single day Tuesday, jail sources and metropolis Department of Correction officers mentioned.

Corrections officers had realized one of the prisoners had gone missing after their inmate depend round 12:30 a.m. Wednesday got here up quick, sources mentioned.

But that they had no thought who wasn’t of their cell as a result of the right paperwork was missing, based on sources.

So, sources mentioned, the staffers by no means even put out a pink alert to lock down the jail and scramble officers to look — whereas the inmate, who was jailed again in July after an armed standoff with cops exterior a Bronx precinct, wandered across the grounds.

It wasn’t till 10 hours later when McKenna was noticed within the parking zone of Anna M. Kross Center round 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and brought into custody with out incident, officers mentioned.

A DOC spokesperson confirmed the stunning incident, telling The Post the “incident is under close, active investigation” and self-discipline for any negligence “will be aggressively pursued.”

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Corrections officers had realized one of the prisoners had gone missing after their inmate depend round 12:30 a.m. Wednesday got here up quick, sources mentioned.
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The breakdown at Rikers is the newest instance of the “systemic and deep-seated” issues within the metropolis jail system which have led to staffing shortages and an “ongoing humanitarian crisis” for inmates.

Correction Captains’ Association president Patrick Ferraiuolo mentioned the botched dealing with of the escape was “part of the whole dysfunctional situation that’s going on on Rikers Island right now.”

“The facility wasn’t aware the inmate was missing in the first place,” mentioned Ferraiuolo, including it was simply happenstance that a captain noticed McKenna “walking alongside the road and attempting to walk through the gates.”

“He was walking towards the street that would lead to the bridge,” he mentioned. “You don’t know what direction he would’ve went in at that point.”

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