NYT: Mentally ill inmates trapped in a cycle of jail, hospitals

April 10, 2015
For years, Rikers Island has been filling with people who have complicated psychiatric problems that are little understood and do not get resolved elsewhere. Over the last decade, the proportion of inmates with diagnosed mental illness has climbed dramatically. Today, they make up nearly 40% of the population at Rikers, a total of 4,000 men and women at any given time, more than all the adult patients in New York State psychiatric hospitals combined. The New York Times examines the issue through the case of Michael Megginson