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A federal judge gave final approval on Wednesday to a far-reaching settlement agreement intended to remake Rikers Island by addressing pervasive brutality at the New York City jail complex.

The decision brought an end to four years of contentious litigation over alleged abuses at Rikers and made way for various changes, including the addition of thousands of surveillance cameras and more restrictive policies governing when officers can use force. It also provides for the appointment of a federal monitor to oversee conditions at the country’s second-largest jail system.

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