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NYC DOC Must Pay Detainees Who Missed Medical Visits $200,000: Judge

After a Bronx court certified the Department of Corrections, New York City offered $200,000 to people who missed medical appointments while incarcerated in the city jail. have to pay the fine.It failed to provide timely treatment,, the Legal Aid Society said Wednesday. 

A ruling handed down on Tuesday by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Taylor ruled that for every missed medical appointment between December and January 2021, the DOC he is asking to pay a penalty of $100. 2022, court records show. 

The Legal Aid Society said fines of approximately $200,000 would be distributed among "hundreds" of detainees who were unable to seek medical attention during that period. 

"The Department of Corrections has continued and grossly neglected its legal and moral obligations to provide those incarcerated in New York City prisons with access to necessary medical appointments. This failure has caused undue suffering and death," Legal Aid said in a statement celebrating the verdict. 

"The court order [Tuesday] is an important step toward holding the city accountable for its unwillingness to ensure the health and safety of those in prison. We hope that this mandated compensation will bring some relief to those who have been denied the care they so desperately need, but we know more must be done.”[87] }

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Legal Aid sued DOC in the Bronx Supreme Court last fall to provide appropriate and timely assistance to detainees amid the ongoing crisis. claimed to be unable to provide adequate medical care. Since January 2021,there have been 27 confirmed deaths in custody

In December, the court sided with the plaintiffs and issued an emergency order ordering the DOC to reduce the number. Prevent missing or late appointments and ensure there are enough staff to bring patients to visits. 

The court also required the ministry to allow the inmate to make an appointment within her 24 hours of request, five days a week. 

In late January, DOC admitted in court records that he had not followed the order, stating that he had failed to see a doctor 7,070 times since the order was issued. I submitted an internal record showing that. 

Records show that in both October 2021 and November he had more missed appointments than before the judge's order. 

"In my opinion, this rate of production does not constitute substantial compliance with appropriate directives to provide timely access to clinics. Ada Pressley, director of facilities operations for the DOC Department, she wrote in January. 26 Affidavit.

In February she also missed 8,402 medical appointments. Data showed she missed 6,792 visits, a 24% increase from January. 

That month, Legal Aid filed a motion seeking disrespect from the DOC for failing to comply with the order. Get health care for that cost. 

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“[DOC] has demonstrated commitment to providing inmates access to clinic appointments. However, it did not meet its heavy burden in this matter, in order to prove that it had substantially complied with the order to provide the petitioner with access to a sick phone." ', Taylor wrote in Tuesday's ruling. 

In addition to fines, the city must also pay attorneys' fees, Taylor said. 

When asked if the city would appeal the ruling, a spokesperson for the city's legal department said it was "reviewing the order and considering next steps." 80}