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Kalief Browder held at Rikers w/o Trial

A 16 year old was held at Rikers for 3 years, 2 in solitary confinement for allegedly stealing a book bag! After being released, part of deBlasio’s plan to clear cases and Rikers, this young man, unable to function outside in the world, committed suicide while living with his parents. How sad!


FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, a security fence surrounds the inmate housing on New York's Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. A wide-ranging independent review, obtained by The Associated Press, is critical of the city's use of solitary confinement at Rikers Island, as punishment for inmates who by the very nature of their mental illnesses are more prone to breaking jailhouse rules. The report recommends eliminating the use of solitary for mentally ill inmates as a punishment and instead partnering with a teaching hospital to provide intensive therapeutic services. The study was commissioned by the New York City Board of Correction, which has a watchdog role over the city's Department of Correction. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/09/nyregion/kalief-browder-held-at-rikers-island-for-3-years-without-trial-commits-suicide.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0



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