Spurred by NYC jail deaths, health care workers demand access to facilities – News 12 Bronx

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2021, 5:29pm

Updated on: Oct 30, 2021, 5:29pm

Dozens of health care workers came together outside Vernon Bain Correctional Center to protest what they say are human rights violations within New York City jails.

The group says they are concerned about the health and safety of prisoners incarcerated across the city.

The rally was sparked by 14 reported deaths within city jails since the start of 2021.

They are demanding access to the jail population to observe the conditions and well-being of those incarcerated to to provide any necessary treatment.

“Incarceration is bad for health,” Betty says. “Medical professionals need to speak out.”

Officers were called to the protest and the group was denied access to the facility.

They say they will return with calls for adequate correctional health services.

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