Innocent After Years in Solitary on Rikers, Woman Tried on New Charges for Alleged Misbehavior in Jail
March 23, 2016
When Candie Hailey was released from Rikers Island’s women’s correctional facility May 2015, after nearly three years on the island prison, she faced the challenge of putting her life back together. What made her reentry to society even more difficult was the mental and physical torture she endured while accused of a crime of which she was ultimately deemed innocent.
Hailey was accused of attempted murder last year but had all charges dropped after spending 29 months in a jail meant to house prisoners for brief pre-trial periods, or for people convicted of low-level crimes carrying sentences of one year or less. Of those 29 months, 27 were spent in solitary confinement, where she spent 23 hours a day locked in her cell.
Hailey has maintained that…
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