DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte said the department needs better facilities to fix conditions at Rikers.
A 21-year-old woman was punched after she refused to give up her handbag, police said.
The number of fights and assaults have increased 65 percent since 2007 as spending jumped 42 percent.
Residents say fights and crime occur regularly at the 200-bed shelter in Downtown Brooklyn.
Two women were arrested for punching a guard after grabbing six bottles of perfume, police said.
Ali Muhammad Hamissou slugged a gun-toting thief who was robbing his shop, he said.
A brawl on South St. last week left three men with slashes across their faces and bodies, police said
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's report found alarming treatment of incarcerated adolescents at Rikers.
A shooting near the Astoria Houses injured a teen and a 30-year-old man, officials said.
Shootings are up 8 percent this year, but the NYPD got some respite with fewer incidents this week.
After being turned away, the suspect returned with friends to shoot staff with a BB gun, police said.
The man is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital, according to the NYPD.
Relatives of Carl Richardson established a foundation in his name to help curb violence after his death.
Sixty-two people from three gangs all pleaded guilty in the three-year investigation.
Two siblings were attacked by their classmates at Frances Perkins Academy, police said.
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