05 Sep Report to the NYC BOC by Drs. James Gilligan and Bandy Lee,
Mental Health Minimum Standards concludes that DOC’s “use of prolonged punitive segregation of the mentally ill violates” these standards. The report asserts that prolonged confinement is “one of the most severe forms of punishment that can be inflicted on human beings short of killing them.” The report recommends that the Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU), which the Departments of Correction and Health and Mental Hygiene put forward as an improved approach for segregating people with mental illness, “be eliminated because it is a punitive rather than therapeutic setting for people with mental illness.” People with mental illness continue to be housed in RHUs in the City jails.
Download and read the full report here: Gilligan Report Final