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Riker Island (file/credit: Getty Images)

September Death Of Mentally Ill Rikers Island Inmate Ruled A Homicide

The death of a seriously mentally ill and diabetic inmate who sexually mutilated himself after seven days in a New York City jail cell has been ruled a homicide.

06/02/2014

Crown Heights Mentally Ill Housing Site

Crown Heights Residents Decry Planned Mental Health Housing On Block

Controversy has erupted in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where a local nonprofit plans to build a facility that will predominantly house people who are mentally ill.

09/30/2013

Former Gov. George Pataki (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Pataki To Testify In Civil Suit Filed By Convicted Sex Offenders

Six ex-cons sued Pataki and other state officials for tens of millions of dollars. The lawsuit accuses the state of abusing its authority eight years ago by transferring the plaintiffs to psychiatric facilities at the end of their prison terms – in effect, summarily extending their sentences without recourse.

07/21/2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

City Plans To Handle Mentally Ill Defendants With Treatment Instead Of Prison

Citing statistics showing that people with mental health problems tend to spend extended time behind bars for lack of bail money, officials said they aimed to do better at assessing defendants’ psychiatric needs and meeting them in the least restrictive setting that’s appropriate.

12/23/2012

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ex-Mayor Giuliani Speaks Out In Wake Of Tucson Shootings

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that lawmakers should examine gun control and the handling of the mentally ill in the wake of last weekend’s shootings in Tucson.

01/16/2011