NYC Ends Solitary Jailing of Mentally Ill Inmates

NEW YORK -

New York City ended a controversial program in which mentally ill inmates were placed in solitary confinement for breaking the rules, the Wall Street Journal reported. The last prisoner held in the Mental Health Assessment Unit at Rikers was reassigned on Dec. 31. The controversial program began in 1998, with the average inmate confined for 53 1/2 days.