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Self-Harm Is Exploding In New York City Jails, Internal Numbers Show

Self-harm — including suicides — at Rikers Island and other local lockups spiked last summer as COVID-19 ravaged New York, figures obtained by WNYC/Gothamist and THE CITY show. The rate’s climbed to historic levels in the months since.

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Rikers Detainee Endured ‘Horrible Conditions’ Before Dying in Cell, Jails Overseer Finds

Missing blankets and sheets. No pillows. Limited food and exercise. That’s what a new father jailed on a parole violation stemming from a shoplifting arrest faced before becoming the first of three men to die at Rikers since April.

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De Blasio Plan to Eliminate Solitary Confinement Falls Short for Inmate Advocates

"All they did was change the name, and slightly, very slightly, changed a few things," said Melania Brown, whose sister, Layleen Polanco, died in a solitary cell at Rikers Island in 2019.

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How the City Failed Three Men Who Died of COVID-19 in Jail: Watchdog

Scathing report from the city’s jails oversight board finds the men — all with medical conditions — were packed into dormitories without masks. One tried, in vain, to protect himself with sheets and pillow cases.

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City Jailers Defy Oversight Board to Keep Young Adults in Isolation

An "emergency" petition by the Correction Department to put youths alone in cells for up to 17 hours a day comes nearly eight months after Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to end solitary confinement for all inmates.

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Students on Rikers Island Locked Out of Remote Learning Video Chat With Teachers

For the hundreds of young adults in city jails working toward a high-school diploma, educational and other much-sought programming has been devastated by the pandemic.

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De Blasio Promised Nearly Six Months Ago to End Solitary Confinement. So Where’s the Plan?

The Board of Correction now says a proposal, spurred by the death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island, will be out this month. But the City Council could beat them to it with a law.

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City Agrees to Extend Federal Oversight of Youth Lockup After Grim Reports Persist

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Young Adults Housed With Older Inmates in NYC Jails Despite Restrictions

Two in five detainees 18 to 21 are in the general population — defying rules that say they must be with people their own age in Rikers Island and other city lockups.

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Mayor de Blasio Vows End of Solitary Confinement in New York City Jails

De Blasio cited the case of Layleen Polanco, whose death in isolation at Rikers Island last year galvanized the movement to stop the practice in New York and beyond.

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A Year After Layleen Polanco’s Rikers Death, 17 Jailers Face Discipline

The de Blasio administration pushed staff punishments Friday but has rejected more systemic changes to solitary confinement in New York City jails.

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Jailer Pushed Layleen Polanco Into Rikers Island Solitary Confinement Despite Red Flags: Report

NYC’s jail oversight board also found that city jail housing policy for transgender inmates created "increased pressure" to house her in solitary, where she died last June.

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Defenders Plead for ‘Intimate’ Rikers Parole Hearings to Go to Video

The parole process was chaos on Rikers Island Monday as defense attorneys refused to attend hearings they feared were ripe for spreading coronavirus.

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The Secret Plan to Lock Down Coronavirus in NYC Jails

New inmate sleeping arrangements and video court appearances could be on tap if the virus hits Rikers and other local lockups, THE CITY has learned.

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Federal Monitor to Abandon Violence-Plagued Horizon Juvenile Center

Bronx youth detention facility with higher use-of-force rate than Rikers will lose key watchdog when child-services workers take full command in fall.

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Mike Bloomberg’s NYC Jails Record: Drop in Inmates, Rise in Force

The Democratic presidential hopeful vowed this week to "end the era of mass incarceration." THE CITY examined how he handled jails as mayor.

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Fines Against City Jail Inmates Add Up to Over $1 Million

Detainees get hit with a $25 fee per altercation — often leaving family members to pay the tab, which has surpassed seven figures since 2015.

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Correction Board Seeks Probe Into ‘Misuse’ of Rikers Body Scanners

The city jails oversight body recommends "an immediate investigation" — citing "risk of radiation exposure" due to a lack of staff training.

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City Jail Overseer Urged to End Solitary Confinement After Layleen Polanco Death

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, speaking at Board of Correction’s first hearing on proposed limits, says NYC can "serve as a model for the nation."

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City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.