- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who spent more than two years in solitary confinement is planning a $10 million lawsuit over her tumultuous time in jail.

Lawyer Paul Prestia said Monday that Candie Hailey’s years-long stint at Rikers Island was akin to torture.

The first legal papers necessary for a lawsuit were filed last month.

Prestia also represented Kalief Browder, a Bronx man who similarly spent years in solitary on Rikers before he was released. He later killed himself.

Hailey was arrested in 2012 on attempted murder charges. She was acquitted last May.

In February The Associated Press documented her chaotic stint at Rikers. She was frequently involved in fights there and hospitalized after suicide attempts.

City lawyers say they’ll review the legal papers. Jail officials have recently reduced the use of solitary confinement.

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