News Settlement expected soon on Rikers Island reforms The Bronx DA announced Wednesday that there would be no charges against the guards accused of beating Rikers inmates. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Emmanuel Dunand By NEWSDAY firstname.lastname@example.org Updated June 4, 2015 9:25 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Lawyers for Rikers Island inmates, the city and the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said Wednesday that they expect to have a settlement agreeing to reforms at the troubled city jail by June 22. The comments came at a status conference in federal court in Manhattan for a private lawsuit over mistreatment of prisoners that was joined last year by the U.S. Attorney after a scathing report that found widespread violations of the civil rights of young inmates. Emily Daughtry, a federal lawyer, and Celeste Koeleveld, a lawyer for the city, both told U.S. Magistrate James Francis there were important sticking points remaining in negotiations, but the sides are committed to an agreement by the self-imposed June 22 deadline. Daughtry said federal officials are "disappointed" the process hasn't moved faster, but will keep pushing the city. "There is a serious, decades-long culture of violence that needs to be reformed," she said. Possible changes that have been discussed include improved training of guards, a disciplinary crackdown on unnecessary use of force, more cameras and a monitor to oversee implementation of reforms. By NEWSDAY email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.