Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail


Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail

A BEATING AT RIKERS

Andre Lane talks about an incident he had with correction officers at Rikers. This incident is one of 129 documented cases of beatings that resulted in severe injuries to inmates. By Mona El-Naggar on Publish Date July 14, 2014. Photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/nyregion/rikers-study-finds-prisoners-Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jailinjured-by-employees.html

After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute last year, Jose Bautista was unable to post $250 bail and ended up in a jail cell on Rikers Island.

A few days later, he tore his underwear, looped it around his neck and tried to hang himself from the cell’s highest bar. Four correction officers rushed in and cut him down. But instead of notifying medical personnel, they handcuffed Mr. Bautista, forced him to lie face down on the cell floor and began punching him with such force, according to New York City investigators, that he suffered a perforated bowel and needed emergency surgery

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