Mentally Ill Inmates Attack More Staff At NYC’s Rikers Island Jail


Attacks on health care workers and other civilian staff members at the New York City jail complex on Rikers Island, inmate population 12,000, have spiked over the last year, as officials have scaled back their use of punitive measures and expanded treatment for the swelling ranks of mentally ill inmates, reports the New York Times. The surge in assaults underscores the complexities of a push to improve mental health care at Rikers, where officials last year began reducing the use of solitary confinement among mentally ill inmates, because the practice has been shown to aggravate their conditions. Jail officials are also providing more therapy and counseling to inmates.

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