Mentally Ill Inmate Dies After Being Denied Medication for 7 Days2
A mentally ill inmate at Rikers passed away after being denied his medication while locked in solitary confinement.
It all started when Bradley Ballard made an offensive gesture at a female guard at the Rikers Island prison. That led to him being placed in solitary confinement for 7 days, during which time his mental illness was exacerbated. While Ballard was in his cell alone, he tied a rubber band around his private area, took off all his clothes, and clogged the toilet. Although guards reportedly peeked in on Ballard, no one gave him his medication.
When someone finally did enter Ballard’s cell, it was because the 39 year old inmate was naked and dead on the floor of his cell.