Study: NYC health workers' ethics are compromised in jails

April 3, 2015 1:41 PM

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New York City jail health workers say their medical ethics are often compromised by the demands of treating patients who are also prisoners, such as when they witness guards' use of force or are asked to approve stints in solitary confinement, according to a first-of-its-kind city study.

The two-year study at New York's sprawling Rikers Island jail complex concluded with a bold recommendation to remove health workers entirely from the most contentious issue they face — whether to put an inmate in solitary. That's because many doctors believe the confinement, which involves 23-hour s...

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