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Solitary Inmates at Rikers Not Getting Mandated Exercise, Report Finds

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The latest report of problems at Rikers Island Jail reveals that almost all inmates in solitary confinement aren't getting their legally mandated exercise.

Every day about 600 inmates who are sent to solitary confinement are allowed to spend an hour outside their 7-by-12 foot cells. But a study released by the city's Board of Corrections reveals that 90 percent of inmates in solitary are not getting that time.

The report says guards that oversee solitary are failing to notify inmates that they can elect to go outside. And even when they do inform the inmates, there are not enough officers to escort all of them to outdoor recreation cages.

The Board say it is in the process of writing new standards for solitary confinement that will be released in November.

The report comes just days after the U.S. Department of Justice revealed in a scathing report that teenagers jailed at Rikers are subject to excessive violence.

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