Rikers Island

FILE - In this May 17, 2011, file photo, a man walks near the sign at the entrance to the Rikers Island jail in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Guard in hot cell death has record of leaving post

NEW YORK (AP) — A Rikers Island jail guard who investigators say left her post without permission as a mentally ill inmate lay dying in his 101-degree cell in February had been disciplined four years […]

05/29/2014

FILE - In this May 17, 2011, file photo, a man walks near the sign at the entrance to the Rikers Island jail in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Holiday delayed work in hot NYC jail where inmate died

NEW YORK (AP) — Jail officials asked for an excessive-heat problem to be fixed a day before a mentally ill inmate was found dead in a hundred-degree cell, but the repairs came too late because […]

05/06/2014

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Funeral held for NYC inmate who died in hot cell

NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill, homeless former Marine who died in an overheated jail cell more than two months ago was a giving and kind person, his relatives said Friday during a modest […]

04/25/2014

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NYC warden transferred after inmate cell death

NEW YORK (AP) — The warden of the New York City jail facility where a mentally ill veteran died in February after being found in a cell where officials told The Associated Press he “baked […]

04/03/2014

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NYC inmate ‘baked to death’ in cell

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem […]

03/19/2014

Security fence surrounds the inmate housing on New York's Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Review faults NYC on solitary for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) — Mentally ill inmates in New York City’s most notorious jail are too often placed in solitary confinement — in some cases for thousands of days at a time — a practice […]

11/06/2013