There’s lots of brutality...Horrible brutality. July 14, 2014 2:15 PMSubscribe
Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail Brutal attacks by correction officers on inmates — particularly those with mental health issues — are common occurrences inside Rikers, the country’s second-largest jail, a four-month investigation by The New York Times found.
Reports of such abuses have seldom reached the outside world, even as alarm has grown this year over conditions at the sprawling jail complex. A dearth of whistle-blowers, coupled with the reluctance of the city’s Department of Correction to acknowledge the problem and the fact that guards are rarely punished, has kept the full extent of the violence hidden from public view.
But The Times uncovered details on scores of assaults through interviews with current and former inmates, correction officers and mental health clinicians at the jail, and by reviewing hundreds of pages of legal, investigative and jail records. Among the documents obtained by The Times was a secret internal study completed this year by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which handles medical care at Rikers, on violence by officers. The report helps lay bare the culture of brutality on the island and makes clear that it is inmates with mental illnesses who absorb the overwhelming brunt of the violence.
This report by the Treatment Advocacy Center summarizes findings from a national survey of state and county corrections systems on mental illness treatment practices in prison and jail facilities. Among the highlights includes the finding that in 2012, there were 10 times the number of individuals with mental disorders in prisons and jails than in state hospitals... To view the report click here.*