A new report shows an increasing number of mentally ill inmates at Rikers Island are being placed in solitary confinement.
The study, which was commissioned by the City Board of Correction, shows that nearly 40 percent of the more than 12,000 inmates at Rikers suffer from some form of mental health problem.
A third of them have been diagnosed with serious illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Researchers found that out of 800 inmates in solitary confinement at any given time, just over half of them are mentally ill.
The report recommends ending the use of solitary confinement with mentally ill prisoners, saying it may lead to worsening symptoms.
Instead, it suggests partnering with teaching hospitals to provide intensive therapeutic care.