Inmates in solitary more likely to hurt themselves

AP News
Posted: Feb 12, 2014 4:22 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A first-of-its-kind study says New York City jail inmates placed in solitary confinement are at risk of hurting themselves.

Department of Mental Health and Hygiene doctors published the findings in the American Journal of Public Health on Wednesday.

The research looked at nearly 245,000 incarcerations in the city's jail system from 2010 to 2013.

It found inmates placed in solitary confinement for breaking jailhouse rules were nearly seven times as likely to commit acts of self-harm, including suicide attempts. The researchers controlled for factors such as length of jail stay and serious mental illness.

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New York City has the second-largest jail system in the country, with about 12,200 daily inmates.

The Department of Correction says it's stopped the use of solitary for seriously mentally ill inmates.