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Rikers Island will soon be delivering groceries directly to inmates

Room service is coming to Rikers Island.

The beleaguered prison complex will close its consignment store in favor of a new, digital ordering system dubbed the prison “Uber Eats,” which will deliver groceries and other sundries directly to inmates, an internal memo from The Post reveals.

The memo, which Commissioner Louis Molina sent out on Tuesday, gives few details about the new program, but the top boss promised a “seamless” rollout that will begin “this spring”.

“They choose what they want and it will be delivered to them,” said a prison source.

“It’s supposed to be like Amazon.”

The new service allows inmates to place consignment orders over the phones in their accommodation unit. You will then receive the items directly.

“It’s about time this agency moved into the 21st century and embraced technology and best practices that just make sense,” Molina explained in the memo.

“We are in the process of completing procedures for a seamless rollout that will not disrupt day-to-day plant operations. However, we wanted our employees to be aware of this before we make any official public announcements.”

Eric Adams (pictured) selects Louis Molina (pictured, red tie) as the new commissioner for the Department of Corrections.
Correctional Commissioner Louis Molina sent out an internal memo about the new system, which is due to roll out “this spring”.
Gregory P. Mango for the NY Post
A view of the paper order form currently used on Riker's Island.
The new service will replace the paper version, which required detainees to collect their items in person.

Currently, inmates are required to fill out a paper order form and collect their items in person from a consignment shop inside the prison. Offerings include beef sticks, sardines, coffee, hot chocolate, chili, cookies, potato chips, candy, toiletries, playing cards, and greeting cards, among others.

However, prison sources said the majority of the approximately 80 items listed on the order form are often out of stock and inmates only have access to a handful of items on any given day.

It’s not clear if the new system will offer expanded and improved access to goods, or if detainees will still be hampered by the small amount of loot.

A DOC spokesman said the new system will give detainees more choices.

“Telephone commissioner services are common during corrections. This modernization of the commissariat will provide detainees with a greater choice of items and will help bring our operations into the 21st century,” the spokesman said, adding more details would be announced in the coming weeks.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/31/rikers-island-to-soon-deliver-food-directly-to-inmates/ Rikers Island will soon be delivering groceries directly to inmates

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