The situation at Rikers Island mirrors an “epidemic of violence” in big-city jails across the country, said Dr. James Gilligan, a clinical professor of psychiatry and co-author of a 2013 report that found the treatment of mentally ill inmates at Rikers Island violated the city’s mental health standards. He said an overreliance on solitary confinement and force at Rikers Island and elsewhere perpetuated violence among inmates, particularly the mentally ill, who have crowded the nation’s correctional facilities as mental hospitals and other institutions have closed….
The proportion of inmates with a diagnosed mental illness has grown to 40 percent, from 20 percent, over the last eight years, according to the Correction Department. These inmates are responsible for about two-thirds of infractions at city jails, the department said….
The monotony, the isolation and the aggression of officers and inmates can worsen mental illness, causing inmates to lash out, said Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University who specializes in violence at prisons and jails.
“Right now, jails and prisons are grappling with a population they are not prepared to deal with,” Dr. Lee said. “It is not so much a fault on the part of the correction system. They are simply not equipped and have not been able to adjust quickly enough.”
Inmates who receive mental health treatment were five times as likely to require an “injury visit” to a jail clinic after a violent altercation with officers or inmates, according to a 2012 study by the city’s health department. They also stay in jail much longer than those not treated for a mental illness and have higher rates of recidivism.
Shateek Bilal, 40, who has paranoid schizophrenia, has been in and out of Rikers Island since 1991, mostly for drug crimes and parole violations. Last year, he served three stints in custody, two at Rikers and one in the Manhattan Detention Complex, another city-run jail, for a total of seven months. He was released on Dec. 12 and now lives with his sister.
The jail time, he said, “exacerbated my mental illness, made me paranoid, made me more apt not to take the medication.”
But while the most seriously mentally ill inmates now receive some therapy, isolation remains a widespread punitive tool, oversight officials said.
Solitary confinement and some therapeutic units are rife with abuse and neglect, city officials and inmate advocates said. They described walls that are covered with feces and body fluids, and inmates who scream incessantly and throw themselves into walls and doors. Inmates are housed in the units 22 to 24 hours a day, while inmates in the jails can watch television, work out and interact with others.
At a January meeting of the Board of Correction, which oversees city jails, Bryanne Hamill, one of its members, said that on a recent visit to a specialized housing unit, she and other board members knocked on the door to a cell after noticing the window had been covered in feces. After failing to get a response, they asked correction officers to open the door.
Ms. Hamill said it took over an hour before a medical team arrived, opened the door and found the female inmate, naked, wrapped in a blanket with some kind of ligature around her neck.
“The medical, one in particular screamed, ‘She’s trying to kill herself; we need help,’ ” Ms. Hamill said.
Mr. Seabrook, the president of the correction officers’ union, faulted the department’s leaders for not adequately training officers to handle mentally ill inmates and then punishing his members when they use force to protect themselves. “The inmate can use and abuse and do whatever it is he wants, and when a correction officer attempts to restrain the inmate and use whatever force is necessary to defuse the incident, the officer goes to be charged with a crime,” he said.
Speaking of mentally ill inmates, he said: “They need medication, treatment, psychological help. They don’t need a corrections officer.”
…operations manager Sam Nadler broke some bad news. “Actually,” he said, “we’re starting to get a lot of requests for healthy treats instead of cookies.”
Ha, well, of course they were. Entitlement is a straight line pointing heavenward, and it should come as no surprise to Washio, where business is based on human beings’ ever-increasing desires, that their customers were upping the ante yet again…..
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here’s a valid (if somewhat trolling) counterpoint via the comments section:
"People are broke. They have no other choice in a lot of cases but to pimp out their stuff and hope for the best in order to supplement their continually decreasing income. It’s a sad state of affairs when this painful truth for many/most of Americans is glossed over, while the current crop of Silicon Valley start-up darlings are portrayed as social catalysts instead of what they simply are - businesses looking to make a profit."
while obviously a bit bait-y, I think the overall point is worth discussing.
-> ie, these are businesses, looking to maximize profits by exploiting weaknesses and holes in the current system, some of which will be closed when laws and regulations catch up with the sharing economy. these are not “social movements,” they just happen to fit that rhetoric.
- there’s an excess of positive rhetoric around these businesses - changing the world kind of stuff. they’re even lumped into a group - “sharing economy” companies - encouraging people to think about them as a social movement, rather than examine each of them individually/critically as the unique businesses they are
some rando things i want to know: - what %age of Airbnb listings are from people who have always had vacation rentals or sublets vs first-time renters? -What %age are illegal listings (that were able to exist on Airbnb while it was largely unregulated)? - what %age of users have shifted to riding in “sharing economy” cars instead of taxis or public transport? to what extent are these companies actually creating a new market of ridesharing users, vs just moving former taxi/whatever riders to their cars?
-And just general food for thought: to what extent would this wave of companies exist or have become popular in an “up” economy? what percentage of individual participants are involved out of financial need? would they have signed up in an era when people were paid fair wages that allowed them to maintain a certain quality-of-life without supplemental income?
I actually think there are some decent businesses in this lot, but i’m also wondering about the long-term potential for others. I think about myspace, and how it was the defacto social network back in the day - but eventually, facebook usurped it. myspace became known for its poor user experience and a number of “cyberbullying” reports in the media, which i think ultimately affected its reputation to the point that people welcomed a new competitor. i wonder if there would eventually be a certain threshold for bad press that a service like airbnb could weather, before its reputation becomes one of “tonight at 10: a local man rents his 2-bedroom apartment and returned to find his belongings destroyed after a wild sex party. listen to what he has to say in our next story: an inside look at a new service that lets people rent to strangers ONLINE”
i’m also very curious about that commenter’s claim that renters with poor experiences on airbnb are being paid off to not talk to press. if they’re receiving more than damages or agreeing to sign something that says they won’t discuss this, that’s very interesting.
I don’t know any men who think, Oh, but the noble thing is to try to not share my work, or to make sure it’s only shared with a certain niche of people. I only know girls and women who talk themselves out of aiming to be successful with this belief that it’s somehow more pure. So I appreciate that you don’t do that, and you do hear a bit of that inner back and forth in songs like “Bravado.”
"A couple of months ago I was performing on Jimmy Fallon and doing heaps of press for my record and someone said to me, “If it’s just about making music for you, why do you bother with any of this?” Which is like a classic…I don’t know if anyone would say that to a dude, but whatever. I was like, “I actually really care about this record, and I want people to hear it.” But, yeah, it’s a weird thing to realize that you shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting your stuff to do well. I definitely had that experience."
I was on Hannah’s side until I saw the site run a photo of a child hit by a car to make some big point about Uber …..
Hannah: Gawker is reporting that they won’t be releasing the toxicology report, so we’re not going to know…
Adam: You’re getting your news from Gawker?
Hannah: They report on media, and I’m a media-ist so it’s where I’ve gotta get my news.
Adam: Okay, when you die, how would you feel if a bunch of judgmental creeps, celibate against their will, snarkily reported on every fucking detail of your body decomposing.
Hannah: Well that’s not what’s happening here. This is a very very nice eulogy. Listen: “Goings, Goings, gone. David Goings, publishing’s most flamboyant power player, makes a waterlogged exit worthy of a Bret Easton Ellis character.”
Adam: That’s fucked Hannah. Those are a bunch of jealous people that make a living appealing to our basest desire to see each other kicked while we’re down.
Hannah: I don’t agree, okay? It is a web portal that celebrates the written word. And its sister site Jezebel is a place where feminists can go to support one another, which we need in this modern world full of slut shaming and…
Adam: Well I think that shit gets into your head and makes you one of the bad guys.
Hannah: Well I think you need a place where you can gather up the information that is relevant to your industry and then discuss it with other like-minded indivudals. That’s why the comments board is so important to me and that’s why I’ve made so many e-friends. Why are we fighting about this?
- “Money & Messages” : kiosks installed in homeless shelters that let guests communicate with family through simple email system and receive money on preloaded cards (with restrictions - food, meds, etc). By using machine to check for funds, guests are agreeing to let family know their current location. Service fee on money transfers split with shelters.
- “Who googles Better?” Multi player trivia game where goal is to google your way to the correct answer quicker than opponent. Bonus points for not falling for highly ranked but factually incorrect links. Scoreboard ranks winners by devices, OS’s, location too. (Androids vs iPhones!)
- GeoJobs: location-based, passive job search engine. Only one button to get started: on or off. Using LinkedIn data and skills/endorsements/keywords etc., mobile app pings you when you’re in a location (a business, walking nearby, visiting a friend at work, etc.) which is hiring for position matching your skill set. HR manger gets real-time alerts (for hard to fill positions!) , can message you in app to drop by and say hi while there. Practical for “normals” too: by scouring job ads (eg like Indeed.com) can tell you if restaurant needs waitstaff, local retailer is hiring salespeople, etc.
- GymCookie: MyFitnessPal-like calorie tracking app where you enter in the equipment you’re about to get on (treadmill, bike, etc.) at gym, and it tells you the settings you need to configure to match your goal (lose 10 lbs) or how to correct your failings that day (ate 2 cookies, eg)
- InstaNanny: subscription-based babysitting service. Like Care.com in terms of vetting sitters, but instead of having to contact sitters, check schedules, arrange times, etc., you just “push a button” and sitter would arrive in 30-60? mins. to take the job. Uber-like rating system + ability to block sitters you didn’t like so won’t be matched again + favorite ones you do like to make algorithm better. Could work outside major metro markets too! (Possible spinoff: InstaPetNanny)
- 10 Minute Books: stay a part of water cooler gossip without having to actually read drivel like “50 Shades…” Gives you the Reader’s Digest Condensed version, some notable quotes, and talking points / discussion starters. Bundle with actual eBook and audiobook subscriptions so people can waste time reading/listening to books they really like (which might also possibly be “50 Shades…”)
December 31, the day of a billion lists. Best of. Recaps. Predictions. Resolutions. Rather than subject you to any of those, I thought I’d use the day to answer a question I get asked quite often: what apps do I actually use?
By “apps” here, I mean mobile and tablet apps. There are obviously still a number of web/desktop apps I use regularly, but mobile/tablet has all but taken over my life and basically all the services I use regularly now have apps.
I plan to do such a recap every year going forward. I think it will be interesting to see how my own usage of apps changes over time and whether that mirrors any larger industry trends or whether I’m a strange outlier.
"Please welcome the newest member of the Yahoo workforce, Jennifer Lawrence."
No seriously, this is how the post on the Yahoo Movies website introduced their stop on the press junket tour which found “The Hunger Games” star conducting an awkward interview alongside “Catching Fire” director Frances Lawrence and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Mayer asking questions like “Jennifer, who was your teen crush?” or what was Hawaii like?, or “which dress was the worst to walk in: your Oscars dress or Katniss’s wedding dress?”
Mayer spent an hour asking the actress questions sent in from Tumblr’s fan base in this ill-conceived “Tumblr Ask Live” event. The questions, repeated verbatim, were downright cringeworthy at times.
"Hey Jennifer, are you aware of the fact that you are pretty much the QUEEN of Tumblr?," Mayer relayed on behalf of user thedarjeeling who went on to squee, “many blogs here are dedicated to your awesomeness.”
How on earth did such an even ever come about?
I have an idea.
Time: a couple of months earlier.
Interior: Mayer’s office.
Mayer sitting at her computer, examining spreadsheets.
A Yahoo editor walks in. Mayer looks up.
Did you hear? We’ve got J-Law!
Jennifer Lawrence! You know, J-Law. She’s agreed to do our live Tumblr Ask event.
Jennifer Lawrence. From “The Hunger Games?”
Editor, shifting on his feet, now uncomfortable.
It’s the new Twilight. She’s very popular.
You might know her from “Silver Linings Playbook.”
OK, I’ve heard of that, Mayer says. Great, carry on.
She returns to the spreadsheets.
Well…<coughs>. There’s one condition. She’s sort of the “queen of Tumblr,” and has agreed to only be interviewed by the queen of Yahoo. Which is, well, you.
Me? I’m a little busy right now trying to figure out how to grow Yahoo revenue, you know.
I know, of course. But you should see the pageviews she pulls. Wait, I’ve got a Google Doc.
(Mashes buttons on his phone.)
Mayer clicks a button on her computer. Reads the figures on the screen. Then sighs.
Fine. Where do I have to be?
I’ll send you an email!, shouts the editor, sailing out of the office. Don’t worry! All you have to do show up and read from notecards. Piece o’ cake.
DAY OF INTERVIEW
Intern, snapping photos sits next to Associate Movies editor, who has his elbows on knees, head in hands.
Editor: This is not going well. It’s like they are competing on who can be the most awkward.
Intern: Shhh. I’m trying to live GIF this thing.
Editor: Oh my god. Is Marrisa really talking about boy crushes?! We’re all going to be fired!
Intern: Do you think I should use a filter?
Editor: Why are you not worried about this? This is a nightmare!
Intern: Hey, I’m just an intern. I’m only doing this for college credit.
Editor: Well, we’re going to have to make this blow up on Tumblr even more now. Or our heads will roll.
Intern: It’s cool, man. I’ve got the thing about the haircut all GIF’d out. We’re so set.
Editor: OK. <sighs> Do some latergrams too.
Intern: Yep. I’m on it.
Editor: And remember to write your posts in Tumblr lingo.
Intern: Totally. <rolls eyes>
A few minutes later: Editor, looking over intern’s shoulder.
Intern typing: "#Latergrams from Jennifer Lawrence’s visit to Yahoo yesterday. We’re shipping hard, you guys."
Editor: Um. I don’t think you’re using that term correctly. Who exactly are you shipping? JLa and…the director? That would be kind of weird. Are you shipping Marissa and J-Law? That’s uh, you shouldn’t post that.
Intern: Don’t worry about it. No one reads Tumblr.
““Innovation is a good thing. The human condition – put aside bioterrorism and a few footnotes – is improving because of innovation,” he says. But while “technology’s amazing, it doesn’t get down to the people most in need in anything near the timeframe we should want it to”.”—An exclusive interview with Bill Gates - FT.com