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Sixteen months after a state Supreme Court determined that mentally ill inmates deserve more than a two-ride Metro Card when released from jail, nearly half of inmates still aren’t getting some required services, according a new study of a small sample of inmates. As part of the settlement of the case, known as Brad H., the Department of Health promised to track mentally ill inmates and meet with them to discuss their treatment and discharge. But of the 53 inmates cases studied, 28 showed no evidence of such meetings. Other results show narrow compliance with the court’s standards, which might indicate improvement in the system compared to previous quarterly reports, which used large data samples and illustrated stark compliance failure. Making sure jails such as Rikers Island do their job isn’t easy, the report reveals: The court is hiring two new positions to aid the two original monitors—a statistician and an administrative assistant. (C. Lagorio)

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