City Data: From January 1 - April 30, 2022, DOC Failed to Facilitate Almost 40,000 Medical Care Appointments for Incarcerated New Yorkers

(NEW YORK, NY) - The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services and Milbank LLP released the following statement in response to City data showing that the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) failed to facilitate 39,728 medical care appointments from January 1 to April 30, 2022, and 11,789 appointments for just April, 2022:

“This is more proof that the Department of Correction is wholly unwilling to care for New Yorkers in its custody, and in the process, continues to defy a court order and its basic moral and legal obligations. This failure results in daily suffering, sickness, and pain. DOC has admitted that they would be better able to serve a smaller jail population. We once again call on DOC, the courts, prosecutors, and elected officials to use every avenue to reduce the population of New York’s life-threatening jails.”

View the full press release here.

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