Monday, July 14, 2014

Prison guards beat suicidal inmates

"What emerges is a damning portrait of guards on Rikers Island, who are poorly equipped to deal with mental illness and instead repeatedly respond with overwhelming force to even minor provocations."

"The report notes that health department staff members interviewed 80 of the 129 inmates after their altercations with correction officers. In 80 percent of the cases, inmates reported being beaten after they were handcuffed."

"The study also contained hints of efforts to cover up the assaults. More than half of the inmates reported facing 'interference or intimidation' from correction officers while seeking treatment after an altercation."

"In five of the 129 cases, the beatings followed suicide attempts."

The New York Times reports on the brutal abuse of mentally ill inmates.

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