"The Rikers Island Hot Spotters: Defining the Needs of the Most Frequently Incarcerated" - Ross MacDonald, et al., American Journal of Public Health
The Bureau of Correctional Health Services of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is responsible for the provision of medical, mental health, and discharge planning services in the New York City jail system. With an average daily population of approximately 11,000 persons and more than 60,000 admissions per year, the New York City jail system is among the largest in the world. CHS sought to characterize the medical and mental health conditions of the most frequently returning persons to New York City jails. The primary goal of this investigation was to inform the care they provide for this population, but the analysis also raises questions that cut across disciplines, including the nature of patients’ relationship with the criminal justice system. Read the report.