New York City jails are falling short of the minimum legal standard of access for needed medical care, with thousands of incarcerated people at Rikers Island and other city jails routinely deprived of adequate treatment. Costs per inmate are up, but uniformed correctional staffing is down. The result: an overburdened jail system that is ineffective, inefficient, and inhumane.
In the latest episode, Contemptible Conditions: The Fight For Decent Medical Care in NYC Jails, Milbank Litigation partner Katherine Fell speaks to host Allan Marks about the harsh impact of inmates’ loss of access to critical medical care. She discusses how recent state court decisions have confirmed that the City’s Department of Corrections has failed to provide timely treatment in emergencies and for chronic conditions, and how her work on ongoing litigation aims to remedy the situation.
About the Speakers
Katherine Fell is a partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Group, based in New York. Her practice includes complex commercial and class action litigation, securities litigation, private and regulatory antitrust matters, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations. She has represented clients across a broad variety of industries, including in the fields of finance, media and entertainment, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at the Law School and previously at the Haas School of Business.