Thursday, March 20, 2014

Advocates for Mentally Ill outraged over Rikers Island Death..


In case you forgot how terrible the U.S.'s prison system remains, this awful story from New York City's Rikers Island is a shocking reminder just how little America cares about prison conditions. After 56-year-old mentally ill homeless man and Marine veteran Jerome Murdough was found trespassing in the stairwell of a Harlem housing project amidst freezing February temperatures, the New York City police department locked him up in a Rikers Island jail cell. He was found dead a week later. City officials confirmed that the temperature in the Murdough's cell had risen to at least 100 degrees thanks to malfunctioning equipment.

"He basically baked to death," said an official. READ FULL

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