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New York's biggest lockup, Riker's Island jail.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
New York's biggest lockup, Riker's Island jail. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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NYC jails add restrictive housing units, limit solitary

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City jail oversight board voted unanimously Tuesday to create restrictive housing units at Rikers Island for violent inmates, to limit guards' longstanding practice of placing inmates in solitary confinement for breaking jailhouse rules and to ban 23-hour confinement altogether for inmates younger than 21 by next year.

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Bradley Ballard, shown here in a 1990 family photo, died a gruesome death after being locked alone in his cell for seven days last September, naked, covered in feces with a rubber band tied around his badly infected genitals.  (AP Photo/Curtis Griffin)
Bradley Ballard, shown here in a 1990 family photo, died a gruesome death after being locked alone in his cell for seven days last September, naked, covered in feces with a rubber band tied around his badly infected genitals. (AP Photo/Curtis Griffin)
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Mentally Ill Inmate Died After 7 Days in NYC Jail Cell

After a mentally ill Bradley Ballard made a lewd gesture to a female guard at the Rikers Island jail, he was locked in his cell alone for seven increasingly agitated days in which he was denied some of his medication, clogged his toilet so that it overflowed, stripped off his clothes and tied a rubber band tightly around his genitals.

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Should Prisoners Pay for Their Incarceration in NJ? [POLL/AUDIO]

It costs a lot of money to house criminals in New Jersey and taxpayers are footing the entire bill.

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40% in NJ Jails Can’t Afford Bail

New Jersey's county jails are clogged with suspects awaiting trial who can't afford to post their often-nominal bail, according to a new report.

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