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Rikers Island (file photo) Rikers Island (file photo)
By JAKE PEARSON | AP

NEW YORK (AP) - A new report finds that more than 90 percent of New York City inmates in solitary confinement aren't getting one hour of legally mandated daily recreation time outside their cells.

The review released Wednesday by the city agency charged with overseeing the jails finds that many inmates go multiple days locked inside 7- by 12-foot, single-occupancy cells.

Inmates are sent there after breaking jailhouse rules. Roughly 600 inmates are in 23-hour confinement in city jails.

The study focuses on the largest punitive segregation unit on Rikers Island, which holds about 400 inmates.

A federal investigation has found that Rikers officials too often place teenagers into solitary confinement.

In November, an oversight board is to announce new rules on how the city can use such confinement in its jail system, the nation's second-largest.

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