On Friday, Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor, Damian Williams, joined lawyers representing people detained in New York City jails in an effort to strip Mayor Eric Adams’s administration of control over Rikers Island, asking a judge to hand oversight of the troubled jail complex to an outside authority, Hurubie Meko reports for the New York Times. The judge who will decide on a takeover, Laura Taylor Swain of Federal District Court, wrote that the Adams administration had failed to “address the dangerous conditions that perpetually plague the jails” after Williams previously called for a takeover in July. In August, she set a schedule for federal prosecutors and detainees’ lawyers to argue in favor of receivership; Friday’s filings were the first step in that lengthy process. As of last month, nine people have died this year in New York City jails. Nineteen died last year.