Deaths of 2 mentally ill inmates put New York's jail system under scrutiny; mayor vows action

  • by: JAKE PEARSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 22, 2014 - 3:55 PM

NEW YORK — The grisly deaths of two inmates — one who "baked to death" in his overheated cell, another who sexually mutilated himself while locked up alone for seven days — have raised new questions about the New York City jail system's ability to deal with a burgeoning number of mentally ill people.

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