NEW YORK – The Latest on Candie Hailey, the woman who spent most of three years in solitary confinement in a New York City jail and was facing charges stemming from a confrontation with guards (all times local):
A New York City woman who spent most of three years in solitary confinement on Rikers Island before being freed last year will not face any felony charges in connection to a jailhouse confrontation with guards.
Candie Hailey had been indicted on a felony charge of criminal mischief, which could have sent her to prison for seven years. On Monday, the Bronx judge presiding over her trial told prosecutors to instead cite her for four disorderly conduct violations. The violations carry fines but not any more serious penalties like misdemeanors and felonies would.
Thirty-two-year-old Hailey served more than two years in solitary confinement at Rikers and was hospitalized at least eight times for suicide attempts. Her incarceration and subsequent struggle once she was out was documented by The Associated Press earlier this year.
A New York City woman freed last year after three tumultuous years on Rikers Island is facing criminal charges from a jailhouse confrontation with guards.
Candie Hailey will appear before a Bronx judge Monday on a felony charge of criminal mischief. If convicted she faces up to seven years in prison.
She has pleaded not guilty. Her attorney says the charges stem from her poor treatment on Rikers.
The 32-year-old's chaotic time at Rikers and subsequent struggle to return to society was documented earlier this year by The Associated Press.
At Rikers she served more than two years in solitary confinement and was hospitalized at least eight times for suicide attempts there.
Advocates are urging the Bronx district attorney to drop the charges in the interest of justice.