Is there medical neglect in the New York City Jail?

Good morning. Today is Wednesday. We will be looking at medical care in a prison in New York City, which attorneys for detainees say is not enough.

Sixteen who died in prison in New York City in 2021, the most in years. Corrective Health Services medical director Dr Ross MacDonald attributed the deaths to a collapse in basic prison operations, including delays in medical care. With hundreds of correctional officers not available to work each day, there are not enough officers to bring detainees to scheduled medical appointments.

Dr. Robert Cohen, a member of the city’s Board of Corrections, a watchdog that oversees prisons, and a former director of health services on Rikers Island.

Now attorneys for detainees who say they have been denied adequate care request the Correction Department to be despised for failure to comply with a court order requiring such care.

[Medical Care at Rikers Is Delayed for Thousands, Records Show]

Veronica Vela, an attorney with the Legal Aid Association’s Prisoner’s Rights Project, said the city cannot show that it is meeting its obligations to provide access to care. . The Legal Aid Association represents those incarcerated with the Brooklyn Defender Service and the law firm Milbank LLP.

Lawyers say inmates are at risk of extreme illness and pain when medical problems are treatable left unattended. Sometimes knife wounds and burns go untreated. Sometimes bug bites swell with odd proportions.

And delays complicate matters further. My colleagues Jonah E. Bromwich writes that it took the city nearly a year to bring a man with a toothache to the dentist. By then, he was in agony. According to court records and attorneys, his mouth was infected and oozing blood and pus. He was told he would need extensive surgery.

Another man said that despite being bitten in the face by another inmate, he had not received medical attention for more than a week, and a corrections officer incorrectly recorded that he had refused care.

Brooke Menschel, an attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, said there have been hundreds of reports over the past few years from people saying they were not getting medical care, even though the Department of Corrections said it had since declined. deny.

“We have people who have been asking to come to the clinic for months, begging for care,” Ms. Menschel said. “And all of a sudden, the DOC said they were refusing. Logically speaking, that doesn’t really make sense.”

Data released by the department shows that over the past six months, detainees have denied medical care an average of 6,400 times per month. But those with experience in providing medical services say the department’s numbers are almost certainly misleading.

Dr Rachael Bedard, former director of the prison system’s Division of Geriatrics and Complex Care Services, said that some of the denials were most likely misclassified by corrections officers. “Officers will refuse a lot when denial doesn’t happen,” she said.

Detainees are also seeking compensation for every case since early December in which a detainee has been denied medical care.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department said the department was looking into the contempt moves. A spokesman for the Department of Corrections said ensuring detainees receive prompt medical care “has always been a priority for the department.” And Benny Boscio, president of Correctional Officers’ Benevolence Association, said it was “completely wrong” for officers to deny detainees access to medical care.


It was a cloudy day in the 40s. Forecast for nighttime rain with high temperatures for about 30 seconds.

Parking next door

Pause through Saturday for snow removal operations.

Steven Banks directed New York City’s anti-homelessness strategy from 2016 until the end of former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

But for 33 years before joining the city government, Banks was an attorney for the Legal Aid Association, where he regularly sued the city on behalf of the homeless. The litigation he led at Legal Aid has slammed together, from the outside, most existing housing and service systems. It also made him one of the city’s most notorious opponents.

When he left office late last year, 45,000 people were still in shelters, but the average number of people in shelters fell for three years after rising for decades. Many thousands of people have been spared homelessness and New York has become the first city in the nation to guarantee that every tenant in housing court will have an attorney.

Our writer Alex Carp says the division has been more efficient than at any point in its history, but still not efficient enough.

The meeting between Maior Urbis Novi Eboraci and Marmota monax? Not this year.

The first of these Latin terms means “mayor of New York City” in English, although some Latin scholars suggest “Praefectus Urbis Novi Eboraci”, “praefectus” as a term for an extremely powerful official. Marmota monax is the zoological term for the genus marmot.

It’s Spider Day.

But Mayor Eric Adams will not attend the early morning ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo, to avoid the risk of Chuck’s release, as former Mayor Bill de Blasio, above, did in 2014, or being bitten by Chuck, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg did in 2009. A City Hall spokesman said the mayor will attend the funeral for Officer Wilbert Mora this morning. Mora was shot along with her partner when a man opened fire during a house disturbance call last month.

Zoo, have a plan Live stream the event at 7:20amAdams said sent a video.

As for the reason behind all the silence – predicting whether the weather will last another six weeks of winter – the zoo says its groundhog has an 85% accuracy rate.

On mayor risks: Bloomberg and de Blasio both wear gloves. Probably annoyed by being woken from a 2009 winter nap, Chuck chomped. Bloomberg countered that Chuck was “a terrorist rodent most likely trained by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.”

Five years later, De Blasio lost the ability to grasp – or the ground dog is not twisted. Marc Valitutto, the zoo’s general curator and veterinarian, said: ‘Chuck was a little nervous in the hands of a novice.

Either way, Chuck hit the ground hard. The New York Post then revealed that the ground porcupine died of “acute internal injury” a week later – and was indeed a female named Charlotte. The following year, another ground hedgehog took her place, summoned from its underground home and entered view on a small elevator. It made its prognosis unaffected by de Blasio.

The incident was never forgotten. Last year, around the time of the Democratic primaries in June, @CharlotteGHogg — a Twitter account with the label “Bill de Blasio killed a ground hedgehog” — conducted an informal survey. The question is: “Will the next mayor of New York kill a groundhog?” Out of 199 answers76.9 percent said yes.

Dear Diary:

I was on a trip from Queens, where I was born and raised, to the Soviet Union in 1985. I was staying at the Intourist Hotel in Bukara when I realized I had lost my luggage keys.

I went to the lobby, hoping to find someone who spoke English and could help me. Somewhere in the polysemous voices of tourists, I discovered a New York accent.

I approached the group of people the voice was coming from, explained my dilemma, and asked if I could try their luggage keys to see if someone could work on my suitcase.

A woman pulls out a key that looks just right. It was. I opened my suitcase and then tried to give the key back to its owner. She insisted that I keep it.

Curious, I asked her what kind of luggage she had.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I sold it at Alexander’s.”

– Mary White

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read more Metropolitan Diary here.

So glad we can get together here. Thanks to Richard Carli, Latin teacher at Bronx High School of Science, and Matthew S. Santirocco, dean of New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences, for help with Latin. Is there medical neglect in the New York City Jail?

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