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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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Suicide Prevention Hotline to the Rescue on RFK Bridge

Hours after THE CITY reported the absence of advertised emergency phones along the span’s pedestrian path, the MTA installed one.

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RFK Bridge’s Suicide Prevention Sign’s Phone Promise Doesn’t Ring True

A sign on the former Triborough Bridge proclaims "phone ahead." But no such lifeline exists on the pedestrian section of the span.


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