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New York City DOC Jail Official Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

An alleged abuse of authority, in the form of favoritism, has led to the resignation of the second-highest ranked jail official with the New York City Department of Corrections (NYCDOC), Chief Larry Davis, Sr. An investigation into Davis resulted from questions raised by the New York Daily News regarding his relationship with guard Dale Reyes.

Assigned to the NYCDOC’s transportation division, Reyes had a base salary of approximately $79,000, but earned $124,000 in 2010 due to working hundreds of hours of overtime. He also drove a NYCDOC-owned Ford SUV when he wasn’t on the job. When he couldn’t explain to investigators why he was driving the vehicle, Reyes was suspended.

“I have no idea why I was suspended,” he stated. “I did no favors for Larry Davis, that is number one. Larry Davis is chief of the department and I am an employee.” But a source close to the probe said that prior to the investigation, Reyes repeatedly bragged to co-workers that Davis was “in his pocket,” and that he was not required to wear a uniform. “Nobody knows what he did,” said the source.

Davis was already under investigation at the time he resigned in August 2011, for allegedly taking vacations to the Dominican Republic that were paid by his subordinates. While Davis denied the charge, sources alleged he collected money from subordinates for an informal vacation fund.

NYCDOC Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said the department maintains “extremely high standards” within its work-force. “And when there is the occasional person who works contrary to [those standards] and the organization, there are consequences,” she stated, “and we are not shy or slow to bring about those consequences.”

Sources: New York Daily News,, New York Times

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