Rikers Chief Medical Officer: Jail Needs Outside Help

Ross MacDonald, chief medical officer for the City’s Correctional Health Services, is asking the City Council to request state or federal assistance. In the last year, 10 people have died, including five who committed suicide.

“I ask that you urge the city to ask for outside help to immediately stabilize a situation that has resulted in death and threatens the health and well-being of everyone who works and resides in city jails,” MacDonald wrote.